What Are You Afraid Of?

Bushra A. Abdulkader بشرى عبد القادر

‘What are you afraid of?’

A question that is often asked as a light question.

People expect an answer like snakes or heights, something simple, something unimportant actually.

But the truth is, as a Libyan, I’m not afraid of spiders and I have absolutely no problem taking the elevator.

I’m afraid of time, how everything goes by way too soon how I might run out of time before I even start.

I'm afraid of making mistakes, being at the wrong place at the wrong time and completely messing up my happiness.

I’m afraid of choosing the wrong person to build a life with, not knowing

But those are subjects far too heavy for small-talk and I’ll just get weird looks from the people who asked me.

So I’ll be polite, I’ll say I’m afraid of sharks or cockroaches.