Blogging Challenge-Day 15: Phobias

As Robert Englund once said in his notorious role as the Springwood Slasher Freddy Kruegar, “So you are afraid of something after all”.

Bees & Wasps

I see one of these pesky little suckers and I dodge and weave like I’m avoiding the blows of Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali. I know their intent isn’t to sting just for the sheer thrill of it, but one scarring experience as little kid whengrabbing one on a jungle Jim was enough to make me avoid them at all cost.

Public Speaking

I have proven time and again that I can talk in front of crowds, but it’s not something that I like to do too much of. I wasn’t blessed with the gift of gab like my father was. Having all eyes on me as I’m doing something I’m not very strong at feels like a thousand guns pointed at me. I can give feedback during discussions, take part in conversations, but I always get butterflies before and during speeches/ presentations. I guess it depends on how I’m feeling.

The last time I gave a presentation was in my Technical writing class, during my college senior year. As suggested by my professor Dr. Wadia, I asked one of my classmates to assist me in only speaking some of my presentation, while I spoke most of it. It was my closest peer Etenia who happily assisted me. We decided who would say what prior, and she encouraged me as I rehearsed what I was going to say ahead of time. Thinking about what I wanted to say was what I think helped me the most. Also, I was felt comfortable knowing that I had another voice to my advantage. Surprisingly, the presentation went really well. I didn’t stutter a whole lot, and when I did I took a breath; relaxed; and let the words flow like a gentle breeze rather than a strong wing. I guess it’s not as bad as I make it out to be sometime.

Phone Conversations 

If I’m going to talk to someone verbally I prefer to do it face to face. I prefer it this way so I can see who I’m talking to, catch facial expressions, and catch the body language of the listener. If I’m talking on the phone, moreso with someone I don’t know, I get worked up because I can’t see who I’m talking to. I stutter more during phone conversations if it’s some unknown number hitting me up on my cellphone. How did you get my number in the first place? Why are you asking if I want to further my studies? I told you before, I’M DONE WITH SCHOOL. If I’m expecting the call; have some idea of who I’m talking to; and rehearse what I want to say, then my speech is under control.

Thank you for stopping by. Have a good night.




By David Harris

I was born on January 31, 1992. I graduated from Austin Peay State University in December 2015 with a B.S. My major was Communications, with a concentration in Print & Web Journalism. My minor was English, with a concentration in Creative Writing. Writing is my passion. I’m a book lover. I prefer to to be called a Booklion rather than a bookworm. Why- lions are mightier.
My first love is Jesus Christ. I was raised in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. No we are not a cult. We are Christians who worship on Saturday.
I have been stuttering since I was four, but through Christ I have persevered through it and will continue to do so. I’m not thing with Him.
Singing is another passion of mine. God blessed with me with the gift of song, which I am grateful for.

2 replies on “Blogging Challenge-Day 15: Phobias”

I agree with each of these. I’m allergic to bees so I’m kind of afraid of them. I feel like crying whenever I’m asked to speak in public. I’d rather speak to you face to face then through the phone or behind your back. But like your last post ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’

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