In the latest episode of Project UROK's "Balloon Room," founder Jenny Jaffe chats with Sharron Paul of Lady Parts Justice to discuss the "not so lighthearted fears" that people may experience as a result of their mental health condition. Just in time for Women's History Month!
On this episode of "Balloon Room," Paul wrote down one of her fears on a balloon to share with Jaffe: lost in space. Although she admits the fear is "totally irrational," Paul says it has been one of her biggest fears for as long as she can remember.
While this fear may seem completely outlandish to some – it's about getting lost in space, after all – the struggle to come to terms with these types of fears is very real. When asked how this fear might manifest in her everyday life, Paul confessed it even came up at the movies. Seeing film commercials with even small scenes from movies like Gravity brought the anxiety attached to this fear bubbling to the surface.
Paul cannot remember when the fear of being lost in space originated, but attributes it to her tendency to overthink things. As an overthinker myself, I am totally on board with this and completely understand. The ability to get lost in our own thoughts can be a little frightening, and often brings a few unwanted reflections to the forefront of our minds.
Paul did say that if she were to get lost in space, the only person she feels who would be able to get her back to Earth safely would be Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Check out the full video below, and watch more "Balloon Room" with guests on Project UROK's YouTube channel!
Sharron Paul (@Sharronica) is a writer, activist, and performer in New York City. Lady Parts Justice (@LadyPJustice) is an online community focused on bringing unapologetic awareness about reproduction to the masses.