By Eileen Ramos
Bugbear (n.): 1. A cause of fear, anxiety, or irritation. 2. A difficult or persistent problem. 3. A fearsome imaginary creature, especially one evoked to frighten children.
Bugbears, aka bugaboos, gremlins, goblins, boogeymen, are all around us and it is only in sitcoms where a huge and substantial problem can be fixed in a half an hour. Fear can be a perpetual item, whether it is a phobia of heights, rejection, or of being alone. Life would be significantly easier without these difficulties but significantly more boring. We would never grow as people, as writers or artists, if we circumvented these problems. They make us greater, more resilient, better individuals. I am thankful for the anxieties in my life, how about you?
Eileen Ramos is an enthusiastic introvert who has a fervor for words. She loves collecting them and seeing how they fit in, and expand, her world. She’s a writer by day, sleeper by night (well, sort of) and she can’t wait to see what title she earns next. For more information or to link with Eileen, check out her LinkedIn profile.