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Fear does expire

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By JE Bolton

Christmas has got to be mine and my family’s favorite time of the year. The second, of course, is Halloween.

When my sisters and I were little, our mom always made sure that holidays were special even if we didn’t go “all out.” Now that we’re adults, we lavish ourselves in haunted corn mazes, pumpkin spiced coffees and simply coming together as a family.

Two weeks ago, we went to the Halloween Spirit store in Knoxville. My niece was in need of a last-minute costume and that place was nothing short of ideal. From hot dogs to Cruella De Vil, if you were looking for it, they had it.

Thank God she wasn‘t with us. Kids were crying all around us in the midst of all the ghoulish animatronics. If I was a kid, I’d probably would’ve cried, too. In fact, I remember being 10- years- old, watching Michael Jackson’s music video “Thriller” for the first time. I wasn’t able to sleep for a whole week.

For a while there, I was LaFollette’s youngest insomniac.

Some of the mechanical creepies crawled, some giggled, and some even went so far as to ask how your day went. The screaming kids reached for their parents and felt like the spooky store was the end of the world.

Then it dawned on me.

That’s how we think life is sometimes.

The monsters and ghouls we’re often faced with in life sometimes scare us to the point of fear and tears. However, we have to keep in mind that a lot of things only scare us if we allow it to.

You may be faced with fear or dread in your life, but don’t worry. Just because it looks bad today doesn’t mean that it’ll still be that way tomorrow. Fear always carries an expiration date and not a lifetime warranty. In my own life, I’ve seen things happen overnight that I thought would’ve killed me come morning.

Well…guess what. I’m still here, aren’t I?

Remember, dear readers, we may not have control over bad situations that plague our lives like a dark cloud hiding the sun, but we can rest assure that the situation will never have control of us.