We all have them.  Fear is defined as “something that causes feelings of dread or apprehension; something a person is afraid of”.

So, one of my biggest fears is driving on the interstates around Atlanta, particularly I-285.  Don’t laugh – this is a real fear of mine, and if you live in Atlanta, you are probably nodding your head right now.

This expressway is referred to in Atlanta as THE PERIMETER, circling Atlanta and clocking in at just under 64 miles.  It ranges from 8 – 12 lanes wide.  In fact, what is referred to as Spaghetti Junction increases to 18 lanes.

Spaghetti Juntion

It is used by an estimated two million people each day, making it one of the most travelled roads in the U.S.

So, why am I so fearful of a road?  The drivers are aggressive, zipping across the lanes.  I have seen wrecks happen on more than one occasion, and when that happens, you can be STUCK for hours!

What has this fear cost me?  Time, time and then some more time.  I have driven 45 minutes to a destination in Atlanta when using the expressways would have taken half of that time!

What am I doing to confront this fear?  I’m going to get a larger car.  I haven’t had a car payment in 21 years, thus buying smaller (meaning cheaper) cars.  I never “loved” them.  They were just something to get me where I was going.  But, with my little car hitting 115,000 miles, it is time to bite the bullet and find a car I would be proud of, that will keep up with the traffic, and basically take me where I am going IN STYLE!   It will be big enough to carry larger pieces of artwork in too!


What are you fearful of that is holding you back?   And, yes – that picture above is typical rush hour traffic in Atlanta.

6 thoughts on “F IS FOR FEAR – THE A TO Z’S OF ART

  1. Sue

    I can attest to the crazy traffic here in Atlanta. Even though I commute an hour back and forth to work each day at least I don’t have to drive on the highway. Well, Vickie perhaps a larger car will help you get over your fear. I just hate to see you miss out on things because you might not want to drive on the highway.

  2. Sandy King

    Love this post Vickie. Made me smile and think too ( what am I fearful of ….hmmm ) BTW I love the little picture of the little girl at the top of the post . That alone made me smile :).
    Today I’m fearful of a rat that lives in my garden shed :)… Just set a peanut butter filled trap to catch him / her ( sorry ). He/her is in the insulation in the roof ..I saw it an hour ago !! I’m sure he / her is more afraid of me than I am of him / her, but that doesn’t help. I even tried to watch the movie ” Ratatoulle “, and it didn’t help with my disgust of rats. BTW I have no other rodent like dislike . Mice are cute .
    But that traffic shot is truly worth being fearful of. And yes , upcar !

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