As I peered through my viewfinder and telephoto lens to make this image, I felt my pulse quicken. I was looking into this gator’s eyes. He is massive and from this perspective looks ready to lunge forward, legs tense and eyes alert. In fact, though, this gator is behind a fence in a wildlife park. He and his fellow pond-mates are overweight and pretty lazy. One rarely sees them move at all. So any real fear was in my mind and was about expecting the unlikely.
As grown-ups, our fears are no longer about monsters and bogey-men coming to get us but they are still about expecting the unlikely – getting laid off, losing one’s home in a hurricane or tornado, running out of money, succumbing to early-onset dementia, and more. Wouldn’t it be grand if we could live our lives completely free of fear?