Something Every Day that Scares You
Do something every day that scares you.
Be your own boogeyman. Imagine
that someone is in your basement
right now, that they rummage through
your boxes and clamber over pipes.
Pursue your terrors, let them cater
to you. Walk toward snakes, alligators,
grizzly bears. Catalog every type
of spider that makes you shudder,
find them. Deliberately generate fear.
Your phobias will begin to disappear
with such frequent use, one after another.
Test your growing tolerance. Move
to the fifty-third floor of a skyscraper.
Approach clowns. Gather your papers
and important files, burn them. Prove
you are still trying to be afraid
daily, let your vulnerability turn
you on. Savor your thrilling return
to the powerlessness you have made.