“Quick! Come down here!” yelled Jim. “They’re in the catacombs in Edinburgh!”
He was downstairs watching one of those ridiculous ghost hunter shows last night. Apparently they were trying to contact spirits in these old and infamous hidden rooms and tunnels discovered in downtown Edinburgh.
When we were there in 1998, we signed up for a ghost tour that took us through those same cave-like tombs.
It was plenty scary during the tour, but even scarier when we went back by ourselves around midnight after visiting several local pubs.
Although I remember wanting something Supernaturally Scary to happen and being disappointed when it didn’t.
My personal fears range from the rational (God I hope I don’t fart in this meeting) to the completely irrational (driving over suspension bridges scares the crap outta me for no reason.)
What scares you? Anything?
I know a few people who have stories – good stories – about their own experiences with the supernatural.
And I believe them, mostly.
But I’m a cynic when it comes to ghosts and goblins.
Only because I’ve never personally experienced anything that would lead me to believe they exist.
Of course, it’s the daily, rational fears that get us most: Losing loved ones, our livelihoods, our homes.
Scary movies and ghosts tours are popular because it distracts us from the reality that eventually all of us will lose the extremely comfortable way things are Right Now to whatever might happen tomorrow.
Now that I think about it, I’m not afraid of much.
The cynical among you would say it’s because I’ve had a pretty cushy life to this point. True.
But I think it’s mostly because I have faith. Faith that everything will work out the way that it’s supposed to always. Always.
And that’s something - unlike ghosts - that I do have personal experience with.
Everything always works out. Everything gets better eventually.
So you can have faith or you can have fear.
But you can’t have both.
I am listening to: The fan on my desk
I am reading: The Fabric of the Cosmos by Brian Greene
And I am: Not afraid
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