Raynard sat at the table and looked down at the corpse beside him, having just satiated his thirst. He picked up the chopsticks and his mind flew backwards. Sitting around the dinner table, he pretended to eat so he did not look out-of-place with the other guests. The aura coming off the woman seated across from him felt all too familiar. It suddenly struck him and he stood fast. The girl squealed and ran, throwing a chair in front of him causing him to stumble and he tipped over the balcony railing.
At some point in our life we will be scared. Whether it be from asking someone to go on a date, going for an interview, telling someone you want nothing more to do with them, bungee jumping, parachuting, flying, spiders, or any other of the multitude of phobias. Fear though, is not real. Fear is a chain reaction in the brain that starts with a stressful stimulus and ends with the release of chemicals that cause a racing heart, fast breathing and energized muscles, among other things, also known as the fight-or-flight response.* By taking some deep breaths, you can help alleviate that fear, by concentrating on something else and not thinking about what is scaring you.
Fear of rejection is very high up on the list for a great many people, but what would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail? Would you be scared then? What about if you know that you won’t be rejected? Try to think “I will not be rejected” it may well help. I am not saying that you need not be scared of anything, because we need a healthy dose of fear to keep us going. Don’t think of being rejected though. Think of it as a practice step for the next time.
I was going to call this Part Seven and then watch everybody scrabble around looking for Part Six but decided that would be cruel. These are the next set of photos from Hardknott Pass in the Lake District.