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#4 Biggest Fear

No, I am not afraid of the rip tide.   Not scared of falling on the rocks and splitting my head open, either.  And I don't worry about being buried alive in a mud slide if those clay banks cut loose, or crushed like a grape if a tree gives way above me.   Is that a tornado coming over the hill?  Bring it.  No, my biggest fear is that little girl in the orange jacket; strangers terrify me - check that, people terrify me.  Seriously...been that way since I was younger than her.  That's why you almost never see them in my photos.      


7 comments:

Diane Shelby said...

Tim, I am impressed that you have been a firefighter. And being a Congressional candidate means you overcame the fear of strangers pretty well in that realm. Teaching grad school is such a good thing and your photos are always interesting and well done.

suekarski said...

That is very interesting considering your past occupations. I do understand, as I can't say it is fear but anxiety that keeps me at a distance with my camera as well.

Tim Nerenz, Ph.D. said...

Before we made everything a disorder and gave meds from Pez dispensers, they called it "painfully shy" and I taught myself how to to overcome it when I was little - lots of people have a lot worse things to deal with every day and if I had to choose, I would rather get rid of my rheumatism. It worked to my advantage in business - I was known for having a cool head and calm demeanor under pressure; when the hardest thing you do each day is leave the house (sometimes it took a few tries) everything else is a piece of cake. Since retiring, I mentor introverted executives and there a surprising number of great business leaders who were/are very shy. So there you have it - where do I pick up my ESPY?

Patricia Reed said...

I think there are many shy people out there hiding - many hiding in plain sight - like comedians and actors. Well you've done a great job of helping yourself to overcome it. I love the photo, you are doing a fabulous job - looking forward to your trip-back-photos! - on a lighter note, and to help you feel good about yourself ... when I start to type in T. I. M. on my i-pad ... the first two names that come up are Tim Tebow and Tim Nenenz! - so bring on the ESPY!

Mr. V said...

Thanks for sharing Tim. Teachers are notoriously shy, yet they somehow can "rise above" their shyness and stand in front of a class.

Keep working on it and in 20 or perhaps 30 years you may very well conquer this fear!

Chris said...

thanks for sharing your story. the photo is beautiful.

erinmulvihill said...

I LOVE this photo! It's so haunting.