Following on from the 'solo night riding' thread currently running in the Bike Section, I got to thinking, what makes you genuinely scared?
I'm talking totally irrational, crippling fear?
I recently experienced such a feeling, and wondered what does it for other people, why does it happen, and how can you deal with it?
As you're bound to ask, what triggered it for me was a recent trip away. For one night we were offered a cottage to stay in, right on the edge of the forest we were going to.
It's an old smallholding/mine cottage at the end of a very deep, steep sided valley, about 3 miles from the nearest proper road, to get there you have to traverse a dirt track through fields, go through 5 or 6 gates, past an abandoned mine & quarry, and through a load of old ruins. The cottage has been passed down through the family and is now used occasionally for holidays, it' weathertight, has electric, a phone, and weirdly, broadband internet. But no running water or toilet inside. It's generally in various states of disrepair, but just about liveable.
The week before we went up it got broken into and some stuff stolen, by candle light, the farmer (neighbour) found the door wide open the next day, and the wax dripped on the floor was still there.
We were only going to be there one night, arrived in the dark, got the fire going and had some wine and cheese before retiring, there were 3 of us.
After a while, initially having fallen asleep, I woke up, and didn't sleep a wink all night, scared, but what of I don't know - I'm a rational, common sense sort of person, I don't jump to conclusions, I'm not very impulsive or jittery, I'm normally the calm one, but I do have a very active mind, I'm always thinking, and over-thinking. I tried to rationalise things and sort myself out, but it was no good, I stayed up all night...... I couldn't pinpoint what I was scared of.
So, any thoughts???