being scared: why do we love it?

I love the fall. Watching the leaves change colour and crunching through them; cozy sweaters, scarves, and boots; the fresh crisp air. I even look forward to the gloomy days, curling up on the couch with a warm blanket, watching a great movie or reading an absorbing book.

Although I try to resist it when the impending “turn the clocks back an hour” time approaches, in all honesty, there’s a part of me that looks forward to the coinciding darkness. There’s something comforting, mysterious, and alluring about it. Interesting that I feel this way, considering I have a love/hate relationship with the night. While I’m a devoted night owl, I’m also fabulously terrified of the dark (OK, more so being in a forest and having to venture out to the washroom in the darkness by myself kind of thing, but still…I won’t even go into a basement alone at night!).

With Halloween upon us (is anyone else as excited as I am?!), I thought it a perfect topic to explore: why are we so drawn to things that frighten us? Moreover, if fear is a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, why then do we seek it out?

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the red tricycle brigade.

I love how images have the ability to transport us back to a moment in time, and bring up memories that are hidden deep within our mind. This particular photo (courtesy of Ryan McGuire / brings me back to when I was about three years old. I decided it would be a good time to bring my independent and adventurous side to life, so I snuck out, hopped on my red trike, and took a joy ride around the block on my own. Needless to say, I may have freaked my parents out immensely, but I also made a significant statement – I am a force to be reckoned with.

to glamp, or not to glamp.

I’ve been an avid camper since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. I adore every aspect of it, whether it be in a tent, or log cabin; the constant fresh air, being surrounded by trees and nature, making friends with chipmunks, fishing, swimming, boating, saunas, camp meals (nothing beats the smells and tastes of a good home-cooked camp meal!), campfires and campfire games, s’mores, the abundance of stars smattering the dark night sky, loons calling out over the lake, the complete disconnect from the urban world, and the camaraderie of being with family and friends.

Yup, nothing beats camping!

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