“Leave the light on, please” says the child, “I’m scared of the dark.” One of the most common emotions expressed by little children is fear. Long before they become comfortable articulating happiness, excitement and sadness, small children speak of feeling frightened.
Though we speak of it less as we grow up, we still feel it. Just ask the adult who has been invited to give a speech before a large gathering. People fear approaching strangers, they fear harmless insects and they fear looking over the edge of tall buildings; there are all kinds of phobias.
To be sure, there is a healthy fear that keeps us from doing dumb and dangerous things, but what about the fears we all have for utterly harmless activities? I don’t know what your particular fears and phobias are but I’m sure you have them. I know I do.