I’M afraid of cockroaches. Give me spiders, give me snakes, hell – give me a grizzly bear, but don’t give me cockroaches.
It doesn’t matter how many times I hear the “They’re actually very clean” speech – and trust me, I’ve heard it a lot! – I still dissolve into a terrified, whimpering mess when there’s a cockroach around.
I mean, seriously, those suckers can fly! How is that not petrifying?
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And, as if that’s not enough, you can cut a cockroach in half and it can survive for up to a week! I’m getting grossed out just thinking about it.
As young as five years old, I can remember being afraid of roaches and I’d love to say I’ve matured and ‘faced my fear’ over the years since, but I’m not quite that evolved.
True, I’ve reached the point where I can see one without immediately screaming, but let’s just say I’m not in any rush to run out and become a professional cockroach wrangler.
Perhaps I could learn something from 16-year-old Rhys Brandon.
Rhys isn’t afraid of cockroaches, he’s afraid of heights, but he hasn’t let that stop him from becoming a rock climbing champion.
After taking up the sport only four years ago, the Elanora local will try out for a spot on the Australian team for the World Youth Climbing Championships, which would see him travel to Italy.
The competition will be judged on how high competitors can climb – so, by extension, the better he does in the comp, the more afraid he’s going to be.
“You’ve got to face your fears sometime,” Rhys told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
Sure, Rhys, sure… But let’s be real for a second. Heights may be scary, but you don’t have to look down.
No matter how clean you are, though, cockroaches can persist. And scuttle across walls. And leap out from hidden corners in menacing sneak attacks. And fly at your face if provoked…
Okay, I’m getting grossed out again.
All in all, Rhys’ attitude towards his fears – and the serious action he’s taken towards conquering them – is inspiring.
But I’ve got to be honest; I’d rather take up rock climbing than sit calmly, face to face with a cockroach any day.
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