Lepidopterophobia. Fear is a funny thing. We don't get to choose what we're afraid of, and it can sometimes manifest as something completely irrational. For me, it's insects. All kinds of insects. Especially those creepy little monsters with wings we call butterflies.

"How can it be that you're afraid of butterflies?" asks everyone who learns of my irrational fear. "They're beautiful!" they say. "They're magnificent!" they insist. Truth is, I don't have an answer. I have absolutely no idea why I'm afraid of them. I just know that when a butterfly approaches me, my heart starts racing, panic ensues, and I'm looking for my nearest escape.

There's something about those scaly wings, constantly fluttering. Their small fragile exoskeletons, long wiry legs, and beady eyes. The way I see it, one of the worst things nature ever did was give insects wings. But I don't plan to live with that fear forever. There's a way to overcome it, and I'll find it eventually.
21d ago
8 Comments
Reskno
Pro do-nothinger
@Jean You just reminded me of this episode from Spongebob where wormy turns into a butterfly and terrorizes Bikini Bottom.
6mo ago

Redmythic
Chill beyond belief
@Jean Expose yourself to them as often as possible. Start with photos. Zoom in, and look at every detail. Helped me with my fear of lizards
6mo ago

Jean
Onesaid Co-founder
@Redmythic That’s a good place to start, thanks! But I’ll work my way up to zooming in, haha
6mo ago

SinglePlayer
Level 99
@Jean Helps to draw them too. Sometimes I take my iPad to the park and sketch the butterflies and the birds. I’m terrible at it, but it gives you a sense of appreciation for them. Here’s one I sketched recently
6mo ago

Jean
Onesaid Co-founder
@SinglePlayer Nice, looks great! I think I’ll try that too
6mo ago

jenni0220
I'm new here
@Jean I think they look creepy too when they’re close-up. I think they’re pretty from far away, but if one landed on me, I’m sure I’d freak out. 😅 I’m not fond of any insects at all.
6mo ago

Avital
Onesaid Co-founder
@jenni0220 🙋‍♀️ same here!
6mo ago

SherryWine
Red wine lover
@Jean I fear any kind of insect as well, even the pretty ones.
21d ago

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