reply to post by Diluted
Many years ago I was a 16 year old girl on a Christian youth camp in Brisbane.
Rosa, the oldest girl in our hut, was 24, and she was determined to scare the wits out of the rest of us with her descriptions of the huge deadly
jellyfish in the ocean there and the slow, agonising death one could expect after being stung.
I braved the water with her the first morning there anyway, but, being a loner, was swimming at the edge of our group. The ocean was beautiful, so I
swam out a bit, but soon felt long prickly tendrils enclosing me, enfolding me as though I was in a net. The prickling got worse, and I was burning
all over, and every attempt to get this monster off me just left me more tightly wrapped in it's stinging embrace. It was like being caught in a
sticky net made of wasps.
As nothing else worked, I figured I'd better get back to shore, because this think had to let go if I got out of the water, so I towed it back to
shore and clambered out onto the sand, amidst the screams of the swimmers.
This whole time, despite being a bit of wimp, I was not frightened. When you are in the middle of something drastic, your brain can switch off the
fear response, because you are too busy just finding a way to cope with the situation. However Rosa was so terrified from seeing the sea-wasp on me
she screamed till she'd nearly drowned herself, and by the time I'd got the sea-wasp off me and was walking up the sand towards the doctor's hut
Rosa had life-guards giving her mouth to mouth on the beach.
Even later, when the incompetent doctor and uncaring idiots running the camp had left me alone and untreated, fighting the paralysis and working for
hours to push my chest up and down to stop the suffocation, there was still no time to be frightened.
Whatever you are frightened of, rest assured that when it comes to the crunch, it's not anything like your fears. It's much worse to imagine
something or see it happen to someone else than to experience it. Besides, death is not the end of your conscious existence; many of us here,
including myself, have had experiences which confirm that.
What you should care about is living in such a way that, when you see your life is over, you won't have too many regrets.
Live, love, have fun, do what good you can. There will be a time when this life is but a memory. Make it a good one.