For this years A-Z challenge I have chosen to explore obscure fears from A-Z. All of the fears I have chosen to discuss were the ones for each letter that I found the most fascinating, or interesting that would be fun to mess around with Laughing at Life 2 style.
To kick this challenge off I am starting with ablutophobia, the fear of bathing. It is fitting that the fear of bathing would get to launch my list of crazy fears because this is the one that blew me away the most. When I found this fear online I was sure that there was no way that this could actually be a real fear but upon further research I discovered that yes, as unbelievable as it may seem, there are really people that are terrified of washing themselves.
Once I accepted that ablutophobia was actually a real fear that people suffer from I started to think about it, and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't understand it. Now, I know that fears are not logical but, I love to take showers. Love it. If I oversleep for work and don't have time to take a shower I am miserable all day. But, I know that all people aren't as worried about hygiene as me. As a matter of fact, I used to work in customer service, and some people came in from time to time that smelled so bad that the odor coming off of them came straight across the counter and punched me repeatedly right in the face. And while I stood there trapped as their body odor firmly held me in a stench headlock I had no idea that they might be terrified of soap and wash cloths instead of just gross and unhygienic.