When I was younger, I never really liked watching nature programmes – they were boring. As I got older, I appreciate them a lot more. I am able to see animals that I wouldn't want to be near, or wouldn't travel that far to see. I appreciate that nature has given us such beautiful animals, on land, sea and air. The colours of some of them, is just amazing. I enjoy watching how they catch their prey, fight for survival, look after their young and their mating rituals.
What I do not like, however, is having any of those animals that Sir David Attenborough talks so passionately about, in my home. Is it an irrational fear, that I am scared of an animal that I am about a billion times bigger? I bet it can't even see the whole of me! It will be on the wall, smiling at me, thinking: I am going to have some fun with this one.
Just writing this, is making my head itch. I don't like anything that runs faster than me: at the moment, that is about every bug or bird: generally, every animal.
I don't know where this fear comes from as I used to play in my back garden when I was younger and used to pick up red ants: not a good idea, as they don't like to be picked up. After the first ant bite, I should have learnt. Now if I see a red/black ant - they are all the same to me – I panic and think how am I going to get rid of them, humanely.
I know some fears can be perceived as more irrational that others. Although, a fear, is a fear, is a fear.
Feel the fear and pick up the spider. I don't think so!!!
Poem reference: The Season I Smile – Unwanted Guest