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People Explain What Makes Them Nervous No Matter How Many Times They Do It

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The world is a dangerous place sometimes.

According to a study by the CDC in 2018, nearly 24.8 million doctor’s visits were the cause of some sort of accident. While the odds are still in your favor of nothing happening to you when you step outside the door, the chances of it happening at all are enough to make people a little panicked whenever they do anything.

Driving behind a service truck with a lot of dangling equipment? Walking through a grassy field filled with sprinklers which haven’t been turned on all day? Going for that big meeting with your boss?

A lot can happen.

And you never really know, do you?

Reddit user, WinstonChurchillin, wanted to know what never gets easier.

They asked:

“What makes you nervous no matter how many times you do it?”

They’re Going To Disappear Into The Land Of Elves

“Walking over a storm drain with my keys in my hand” ~ Groovy_Chainsaw

Even When It’s Your Job

“Using my table saw. Even though I am a Carpenter.” ~ jakobrivers

“Handling an angle grinder makes me nervous. I have to use it frequently because of my job, but it never gets easier.” ~ CatCatRatRat

“For a couple months I had a job in a college machine shop. I was always healthily scared of those machines. You’d get trained up hearing the story of the lathe-hair girl and worse bloodcurdling tales.”

“Always follow procedure, always double-check, always know the emergency stops, and if possible always have someone within shouting distance.” ~ dishonourableaccount

It Could Mean Lots Of Things

“When my boss goes ‘can we just have a quick chat?'” ~ zagreus9

“Or “Come into my office when you get a chance. There’s something I’d like to discuss with you.” ~ DareWright

Teacher? Don’t Be This Teacher.

“Let’s break ourselves into small groups and…” ~ mayoroftheed

“And also, “Before we start, let’s go around the room and say a little bit about ourselves…” ~ ylssa26

“At meetings when they say, ‘Ok, everyone, let’s go around the room and introduce yourself’. Even worse when they require stupid things like, ‘Include your favorite food and why you like it’ or ‘Tell us why you’re here’. Uhhh…because it’s mandatory?” ~ DareWright

“The problem I have with this is I suddenly forget everything about myself.”

“Favorite food? ‘Oh god what have I eaten ever?’ Favorite movie? ‘I watch movies?’ Hobbies? ‘Is sleep a hobby, did I even sleep last night?’ Typically how it goes in my head.” ~ shermanerma

Nerves, Yes, But Perhaps A Little More Justified

“Driving in between two semi trucks on the freeway. Bonus points if one or both is carrying a bunch of logs…”

“…For the record, I am very aware that this is something one should not do unless you have to. The only times this happens to me is if I am in one of the middle lanes on a 4 or 5 lane highway and semis come up on either side.”

“In those cases, I speed up as quick as I can to pass one or the other. Always drive defensively!” ~ princess_mediocrity

“Driving behind a truck with an overhanging load too. I’m always terrified my depth perception will fail me and I’ll ram it with my windshield” ~ SxeySteve

“My fear is driving behind a car with even a mattress attached to roof….my former boss died after a mattress came off the car in front of him….I sure miss him as he taught me to drive a stick, which was cool, though the truck was older, 1992 type truck. :)” ~ shana104

Are They Clocking My Speed Or What?

“Drive in front of a police officer when I have no reason to be nervous.” ~ DapperCam

“sit next to one at traffic lights. Do I look at them? If I don’t does it look suspicious? do I pretend like I’m bored? WHAT DO I DO” ~ Jcit878

Wasting Everyone’s Time

“Walking out of a store without buying anything!” ~ KillerJupe

“I’m always paranoid that I’ll trigger the security alarm for no reason” ~ Violet_Hill

Anyone Ever Seen Children Of The Corn?

“Using a mandoline slicer.”

“Even using the safety guard I get a little queasy when I have to use it.” ~ yourtemporaryBFF

“I sliced my thumb open once because I thought I was too good for the guard. I never ever use it without the guard now and still get too nervous to cut that far down with it.” ~ TeamToaster2014

Your Entire Wobbler In Your Joinster Is Shot

“Anything that has to do with my car. I have been scammed even over a simple oil change.”

“even if I try to be confident, it’s very clear once I start talking that I have no clue about cars. Literally had someone quote $400 to change an air filter.”

“I said no because I could not afford it…. found out later how insane that quote was. Sadly that just fueled my fear.” ~ sebastianrileyt2

“I love it when they pull out my air filter to show me how dirty it is so they can charge me $100 to change it, and I’m like oh wow yeah I’ll have to change that. Now go put it back.” ~ SirWigglesVonWoogly

Concert Performers Everywhere Know What’s Up

“Tuning my violin.” ~ TheLettre7

“Ugh, when that E string snaps and whips you in the face…” ~ dailysunshineKO

“The E string is the worst, had one time it snapped while tuning before a concert. I was able to get a backup, but still it’s nerve racking.” ~ TheLettre7

How Do You…Use…Speak…Things?

“Calling someone on the phone. I’m a fairly outgoing person and I love talking to people, but I rely a lot on seeing a person’s face and observing their body language, which isn’t possible on the phone.”

“Voicemails are less terrible, but I still panic a little because if I mess up while leaving a message, the other person has a freaking recording of me being really awkward. I’m so thankful texting exists.” ~ smugmisswoodhouse

Double Check, Triple Check, Unplug It

“Sticking my hand inside the disposal when I drop a fork In it.”

“I’ve seen people telling me to unplug the disposal, how does one do that?” ~ The_Point-Man

Most of this is in your head.

Still, it never hurts to be a little extra cautious out there and make sure the disposal is unplugged.

Written by Robert Acosta

Robert Acosta is an elementary school teacher with a specialty in language arts and writing. He taught for six years in both Tucson and Phoenix before starting his own private tutoring business to serve the greater metro Phoenix area. As a freelance writer his work appears on George Takei’s “Oh Myyy” properties and Uber Facts.
He’s average at drawing, above-average at Magic the Gathering, and an expert at changing diapers in the front seat of cars. He resides in Phoenix with his wife, two black cats, and twin sons.