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Hello darkness my old friend…

When i was little i was afraid of the dark. I signed on to the classic childhood fear that there were monsters under my bed. For awhile, i had an agreement with the monsters. “I totally believe in you” i told them telepathically, no need to come out and prove it to me. I’m on board”. This seemed to keep them at bay. But even i could see it was only a temporary fix.

After some months of dread, i had an idea. My plan was simple. I would go into my room and leave the lights off, thereby exposing myself to all the terrors the dark might hold. If there were monsters, this was their big chance to attack me. My thought was that if they attacked me – well, that would be pretty bad. On the other hand, i mused, if monsters attacked me, than that would mean that monsters actually existed – which would be awesome.

Initially scared, sure, but then imagine! The thrill of discovering the existence of a whole supernatural world out there was right at my fingertips. All i had to do was endure a monster attack of unpredictable proportions, and this knowledge would be mine – possibly only for a fraction of a second, before i was torn to shreds and used to make little boy stew, but still…

That night, i walked into my room without flicking on the light switch. I stood in the dark, waiting. Nothing. No monsters. No attack. No world-altering discovery of inhuman life forms. And also, from than on, no fear of the dark…

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