Talking about one thing in life, I fear the most are the snakes. But the reality and truth is that I have never seen a real snake or even got close to it. It is a myth or perception in my mind that snakes are very dangerous and evil. I feel that I am suffering from snake phobia. Snakes have been troubling me right when I started playing the snake and ladder games. I have always lost because of them when playing with friends. Also the television and media have always shown snakes a negative character and movies like Anaconda and Discovery channel shows has created hype about them and this has created a fear in me since childhood. The fear of snakes in me has never decreased and it always haunts me in my dreams too. In order to sleep, I always keep my doors and windows closed and never watch anything with snakes involved in it.
I used so many different strategies to avoid this weird creature and stay away from it but somehow it used to haunt me until one day I got a chance to hold a real snake in my hand. All this started with an email which I got from my boss about visit to our International head office. Last year I travelled to Singapore for official trip and meeting our global team. It was a seven-day trip and I finished my work in five days and next two were holidays before I had to catch my flight back to India and report on Monday. With no family and feeling lonely in Singapore, I decided to explore and discover the Singapore tourist attractions with my global team mates coming from different countries. We had a good time and decided to visit the Santosa Island and famous Singapore zoo.
We got the opportunity to see variety of species, mammals, and reptiles and also attend the animal zoo. The zoo authorities organised a special show for tourists which was quite amazing. I really enjoyed the way zoo animals followed the instructions of the zoo keepers. At one point of time, there was a long healthy python crawling and hanging on the neck. I felt very scared and feared seeing the snake and wild thoughts started flowing in my mind. I could not move from my seat at all and the python movements were such as if it is looking for the opportunity and may attack the zoo keeper at any point of time. The lady sitting next to me was quite brave and volunteered her ten years old child to hold the python. For me, it was scary and I asked her about if she and her child had no fear of snakes. She smiled at me and told that pythons do not have teeth and are trained. They will not harm the child.
Seeing the child holding the python, the zoo keeper announced that if anyone wants to hold it too. I also thought about it for a while and thought that I should rise to this occasion and take this as an opportunity to fight against my fear. I stood up and walked towards the stage. My hands were shaking but zoo keepers told me to be bold and pythons will not harm. Then slowly they put the heavy python in my hand and his body over my neck. I could not believe holding the python without any fear overcoming my fear.
Then I asked the zoo keeper to quickly click my picture holding the snake with my mobile so that it remains a memorable memory and my victory over my fear or snake phobia.
I urge everyone to rise against their fear and watch this video and check their social page https://www.facebook.com/mountaindewindia for motivation.
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