Here are the top ten fears of Americans (According to Gallup) - Note that three things tied for 9th. Though the rankings change somewhat from year to year, the list remains remarkably consistent.
1. Snakes - 51%
2. Speaking in public - 40%
3. Heights - 36%
4. Being closed in a small space - 34%
5. Spiders and insects - 27%
6. Needles and getting shots - 21%
7. Mice - 20%
8. Flying on a plane - 18%
9. Dogs (sorry, Lassie) - 11%
9. Thunder and lightning - 11%
9. Crowds - 11%
10. Going to the doctor - 9%
I would have to say, I'm pretty average. Though it would be easier to list the things here that I'm NOT afraid of.
So today's Friday Five is:
Things some people are afraid of, but that don't really bother me.
1. Public Speaking. I don't mind it at all.
2. Needles and getting shots. Trust me, when you're a diabetic who tests her blood, needles and shots are no big deal.
3. Flying. I'm not afraid of flying, but I always wind up in the chair right in front of the crying baby or the seat-kicking, unsupervised kid. Sigh.
4. Dogs. I like dogs. My dad raised Brittany Spaniels when I was a kid, trained them to bird hunt. I'm wary around strange dogs until I know if they are friendly or not, but that's about it.
5. Crowds. Though I don't like to be in crowds, it isn't because I'm scared.
How about you? Which of these fears do you share with me, and which ones don't you mind?