I'm scared of everything. I know that. I'm extremely phobic. Many times it's irrational.
When I'm on a plane and about to pass out from fear, what comforts me is the statistic that even if you flew everyday for (I think) 60 years, you'd still only have a 50/50 chance of dying in plane crash the next day.
I am terrified of driving to the point that I didn't get my Ps until I was 35.
I know the statistics. I read the statistics. It's part of my attempt to function normally and not freak out every damn day.
My fear of being caught up in an attack is very, very real, and there is actually nothing I can do to quell it.
I live in a small town in rural SA. I know that I am fine here. But just like I make myself drive, I do make myself fly and travel, and the anxiety I feel, the edginess I feel and the hypervigilence when I do is present almost all the time.
The only comfort I have is that it's all not in my control, but that is the basis of my fear as well.
None of this means that I agree with what SK and Pauline are suggesting, but I am scared.
I think it needs to be acknowledged that its a real fear that many of us share. I am so glad that there are people that don't have the fear, but that's not me.