Friday, August 3, 2012

The sound caused by lightening

So thunder, right? Let me tell you what I think about it. 

For starters, more often than not, it scares the life out of me. I don't know why, I don't even know how it started. Because I do remember when I was very little, I wasn't much bothered by it. But then somewhere along the way, something happened. And now, whenever I see the lightening flash, I find myself bracing for what will most definitely follow. To quote Loki from the Avengers movie,

Steve Rogers: What's the matter, scared of a little lightening?
Loki: I'm not overly fond of what follows.

Oh don't get me wrong. If Thor (in the form of Chris Hemsworth) appeared every time lightening strikes, I couldn't get enough of it! :)

But hey, this is real life, and what follows lightening in real life is thunder. I hate it. And if hate is too strong a word, well then - I strongly dislike it. because every time I hear loud thunder, I wanna crawl under a table or my sheets and never come out. I also instinctively cover my ears, although my grandma has told me repeatedly not to do it. Oh and you gotta know, where I live, there is a lot of thunder. Loud thunder. There are times it comes so unexpected and so loud that I have to fight really hard not to burst into tears in public in front of complete strangers. At home, my husband helps me cope with it ;) No really, he puts his arms around me and I feel all safe and protected. 

I recently googled if there was such a phobia as being afraid of thunder. There is. Apparently what I am experiencing is Brontophobia. This computer, by the way, is showing the word as a spelling error. Meh! Well, it's real and here's proof. 

I'm not entirely stupid. I know that thunder itself is not gonna cause much harm (Except scare the pants off me) but every time  I hear it, my heart starts racing and I feel like I cannot breathe. Most probably because the image in my mind is usually of the sky cracking and falling on me or something to the likes.  I hope I get over it someday because when my friends see me with my panties in a bunch whenever thunder strikes, they look at me a bit weird. I can see their thought bubbles, 'How can a grown up be afraid of a little thunder?' Too bad they don't understand. 

Do you have a phobia?

Picture from here.