How my death phobia has helped me live a better life.

I’m scared of dying

As readers of this blog will know I am scared of dying.  Not just a fleeting thought about dying every now and then, but proper panic attack, hot sweats scared.

It’s an actual phobia as well. I’ve not worked out yet whether or not this makes me feel better about it but it certainly makes me feel like I’m not alone.

I suffer with thanatophobia – the death phobia. I talked about how my fear of dying as I approach 40 has become stronger over on my blog  but actually since then a number of things have happened which have impacted on me in different ways;

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The Turning 40 Series: the bit where I remember I’m afraid of dying

OK so it probably doesn’t come as any surprise to you that we’re not immortal right? We’ve all got to die sometime. However when you’re in your teens and 20s that fact feels far away: You’re too busy concentrating on living life, making career moves, doing crazy stuff. Even as you move into your 30s you’re likely to be focusing on relationships, the next power move at work, maybe nesting with a new partner, or creating a family to be too worried. Then suddenly 40 starts creeping up and so does the thought you could be over halfway through this life you’ve created and strived for? Anyone else get the cold sweats? OK warning here, I’m going to be talking about death.

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