Thursday, May 20, 2010

Freaked Out By Potential

Most people may not relate to this post, but I sometimes get stressed out just from the potential or "what if" factor of certain scenarios. Sometimes at night I hear water pipes hissing when our water softener is working and it might as well be the sound of someone breaking into my home. I am not paranoid and neurotic about water leaks naturally. I have been conditioned by past traumatic water leaking experiences.

Sometimes at night I imagine all the built up water pressure that is just dying to get out and it stresses me out and makes it difficult to sleep. I know that the many valves and pipes throughout my home holding the water back can't take the pressure forever and are bound to give in some day.

I'm aware that this is not a logical response to such a beautiful things as indoor plumbing. If I used that same train of thought, then I should probably be scared to go out in public where there are lots of people. It's not that I am scared of people. I just don't like blood and I get grossed out watching stuff like surgeries on TV. At some point, there is bound to be some blood leaking. Just think of the nasty potential if everyone at a party sprung a leak at the same time and started bleeding all over.

I have never had a good relationship with water. As I've mentioned before, it is one of my greatest fears. I've heard of people who are scared of spiders, confined spaces, heights, going out in public, etc. but what would it make me if I'm scared of leaking water in my home? I'm sure there is a name for it, but I'm too lazy to find out. Maybe someone reading this could enlighten me. Just don't try any Freudian psychoanalysis on me. I feel dumb enough stressing over the potential water damage in my home and the last thing I need to find out is that I have even deeper issues like bed wetting.


Kristina P. said...

You're completely normal! Sort of.

Eric said...

I think it's a well founded fear.

I sometimes worry about natural gas lines into houses. It's flammable, explosive, can suffocate you in your sleep, and it's present in almost every home in the US. If someone were to 'discover' something like natural gas today, there is no way that lawyers would allow its use in modern society. Good thing they figured it out a while back.


It's not that weird. At my place, the wood cracks really loud and I'm paranoid about places being haunted so when I'm getting ready to go to bed, I hear the loud snaps and automaticaly assume it's a ghost trying to rape me. Of course when I hear the same noise during the day, I attribute the sound to something natural.

freedompilot said...

Like finding loose rivet-heads at the base of the Eiffel Tower. Scary!!

MikkSolo said...

I miss your "What if..." scenarios at work.