Lightning used to terrify me.
One night, while camping in the desert, there was an unexpected electric storm.
I huddled inside our trailer watching the firey bolts dart down across the horizon.
My mom made popcorn, poured it into a big metal bowl and waved me over,
“Come with me.” she whispered.
We grabbed some blankets and headed outside.
There we sat under the awning, and my mom told stories of her childhood adventures around the arid border towns my family calls home.
She said whenever a storm rolled in, all her cousins would scramble outside to watch,
“It was our favorite show”, she said smiling.
And as we headed back inside, I hoped and prayed for a rerun tomorrow.
Now, don’t get me wrong,
lightning still makes me uneasy.
But what I’m trying to say is -
sometimes the best way to overcome any fear
is to find someone you love
who loves the thing you’re most scared of
and start there.
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