These days, it’s difficult to identify one thing that frightens me, because there are so many frightening things out there.
What frightens me on this day includes
- the increase in COVID cases and death,
- COVID deniers,
- large gatherings of people,
- systemic racism,
- climate change,
- the state of the world,
- the state of my country,
- crazy conspiracy theories,
- the number of people who believe crazy conspiracy theories,
- Trump’s increasingly outrageous behaviors, and
- people who do not call out outrageous behaviors.
Is there one thing that frightens you in my latest photos?
Has that cow been frightened off of its base?
Things that frighten you, me, and others have inspired my new song, entitled “What’s Your Fear, My Dear?” for my frighteningly ambitious new project, Therapy: The Musical. I plan to work on my first musical during the dark and frightening weeks of the New England winter.
One thing that does NOT frighten me is sharing my ideas here, so here are some lyrics from “What’s Your Fear, My Dear?”
What’s Your Fear, My Dear?
by Ann Koplow
What’s your fear, my dear?
I really want to hear, my dear.
Do not fear sharing that
Now and here.
It’s not so much a fear of flying
As it is a fear of dying
or falling too far,
Or of the danger of how high up you are.
That’s a fear of your voice squeaking
Of your confidence leaking
In front of them all,
As your dignity suffers a fall.
Well, my dear, I would be lying
If I said I wasn’t afraid of that too.
Does it help if I join that with you?
© Ann Koplow, 2020
Here’s “Why I do something everyday that scares me,” a 2016 TED talk by Emma Van Der Merwe at the University of Edinburgh.
I fear you will miss out if you don’t watch that video.
I assume gratitude is one thing that doesn’t frighten you, so thanks to all who help me do one blogging thing each day, including YOU!