A Halloween Story About Conquering Fear

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Meeting fear in the face of the unknown is one thing. Conquering fear is another. My journey begins traveling from Illinois to Bailey’s Harbor in Door County, Wisconsin thirty-one years ago. My destination was a retreat house on Kangaroo Lake. There were no navigational tools back then, just an ordinary paper map of the United States.

Unbelievably, I was a new driver with a stick shift and driving skills were less than perfect. However, I managed to get as far as Sturgeon Bay, but I was lost. Driving alone did not scare me, until I was shadowed by darkness and heavy fog began rolling in. There were trees. Lots of them. Tall trees. Snarling ones too! It was the night before Halloween. My schedule and driving distance were wrong. I felt like it was haunted territory. The weather was cold and damp. Visibility was difficult. Up ahead was a road. I pulled inside to catch my breath to try figuring things out, alone, in the dark, in the drizzling rain.

The old tree-lined road was eerie. Still feeling confident, I closed my eyes to think things through carefully. I did not recall seeing any stores or gas stations. Then, I turned on the radio. I heard Michael Jackson’s voice. He was singing Thriller! I pressed on the gas and punched it. To my surprise, the road I turned down was a cemetery! The breath that I felt was my own. Looking down on my gauge I was near empty! As I began to back-up, I stopped short of hitting a tree. A three-point turn was impossible. I had no choice but to continue down cemetery road not knowing where I was going. Thriller was still playing. My children came into my minds view. I remembered how silly they were singing Thriller with their friends. I was the one who taught them the words! I was the one who taught them to be fearless! As soon as I saw flat land without culverts, I made my turn and drove out of the cemetery This was the moment I needed to laugh at fear in the face of the unknown and never let doubt determine my fate.

A gas station was up the road. After gassing up my car, I knew, my only choice was to face my fears head-on and get through any scary obstacles. Panicking does no good. Thinking about my kids helped. I had to get to my destination. From a payphone, I called them. They were fine at the neighbor’s house watching Halloween movies. I heard all about the corny movie and how fake it was. Once I got back on the road, I knew, "The only thing to fear, is fear itself --- Franklin D. Roosevelt was right. I learned thinking the worst was not an option. 


For four more years, I traveled back to Kangaroo Lake without fear. This is a non-fiction story created by Patricia Feager


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Comments (12)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia - although the days before many technologies that exist today seem like fantasy, they are definitely factual.  Such "journeys" are reminders of how fear was faced.  And it can still occur though it may be achieved a bit differently.   As always, nice storytelling.  

Oct 30, 2022 02:50 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Michael Jacobs - Choosing your path in life begins with the mind and how you proceed from there. Being proactive without recoiling takes courage. 

I like and appreciate your comment. Thank you.

Oct 31, 2022 04:34 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Great story.  I would have been more than a little nervous going down that road to the cemetery.  I am trying to get the nerve up to watch Halloween's End tonight.  I am 50/50 right now.  😉

Oct 30, 2022 02:57 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ray Henson - I trust  you survived watching "Halloween's End," last night? When you choose something, following through to the end and having knowledge about whether you will do it all again or not is your decision. 

I did not choose to drive down the cemetery road. I made the wrong turn and did not know where I was going. Navigation tools and having technology at our fingertips today would have prevented me from going down it by mistake. 

Oct 31, 2022 04:38 AM
Ray Henson

Maybe there will be a Halloween post today.  It just depends on how much time I have.  Happy Halloween!  PS, if you watch the movie, you might find out my mind isn't quite right.  🤣

Oct 31, 2022 07:39 AM
Ray Henson

I did watch Halloween's End last night and, I have to say, I liked it, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP.  It was just a simple good vs. evil movie, but in the end good triumphed and there was a twist in this one.  

There was a good line in the movie near the end, "Evil never goes away, it just changes shapes."  It sounds like there maybe another Halloween movie in the works, despite the title of the movie.

Oct 31, 2022 07:26 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Ray Henson - WOW! The movie was not as scary as you imagined or I thought. I really like the plot and would have enjoyed it myself! As a general rule, I avoid scary movies but this one sounds interesting and gives one a lot to think about. I am so glad you got back to me to give me a report and I am happy you enjoyed it too. I like the line you shared. I'll bet you could create a blog post using that quote. 

Thanks, Ray! Happy Halloween! I hope all your kids have a good time and you too!!!

Oct 31, 2022 07:29 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP thank you for sharing very valuable post about a Halloween story conquering fear. Happy Halloween!

Oct 30, 2022 03:37 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

John Pusa - In looking back at a time when technology, navigational tools, and the knowledge we can easily obtain today, didn't exist then, I have to say, forcing my mind to get a grip, figure things out, believing in myself, and have faith is what made all the difference. 

Oct 31, 2022 04:40 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Patricia,

As I was reading your story I had a real visual of what you were experiencing! SCARY!! so glad you drove on through, found that gas station , called your kids and found where you were going!

Oct 30, 2022 03:40 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - My kids were my motivation to get out of a situation I made by turning down the wrong road on a dark and creepy Halloween night. Adjusting my time , paying attention to the weather in out of state places, and knowing what your vehicle can do in advance,  including making darn sure you have a full tank of gas are just a few things I learned. The trips that followed were better planned and I knew where I was going. 

Oct 31, 2022 04:44 AM
Emily Medvec
eXp Realty LLC - Santa Fe, NM
Broker | Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM

What an experience and thriller! You kept me reading line by line... Thank you for taking the time to tell and share this gem at Halloween!

Oct 30, 2022 04:55 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Emily Medvec - Oh yes! It was a "thriller!" 

Thanks for your great comment about my writing style!

Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2022 04:45 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing this my friend. Happy Holloween and Monday Patricia 🙂

Oct 30, 2022 10:14 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - Happy Halloween to you too! It's Monday! I hope your grandkids have a fun time today. 

Oct 31, 2022 04:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Patricia... you are such a marvelous story teller. Reading it, I felt like I was right there with you and beginning to feel panicked myself!

Oct 31, 2022 04:51 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Nina Hollander, Broker - Thank you! 

Learning that vicariously you were right there, with me (without accusing me of being negative) makes me even more determined to continue writing. 

Oct 31, 2022 05:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Good morning! I am not at all surprised to hear you soldiered through regardless of any fear you may have felt. You rock!

Oct 31, 2022 05:10 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Kat Palmiotti - you're a great friend. Thank you!

You rock! The Queen of Land Sales. You are the rock that people build upon when they want to purchase land. 

Oct 31, 2022 05:54 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty Evolution - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

BOOOO! lol Our minds will play tricks on us if we let it Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP BUT sometimes we can't help ourselves. I had to laugh when the story turned into a cemetery. That seemed to be the perfect setting for an alien abduction. 😁

Oct 31, 2022 12:43 PM
Gloria Todor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Media, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Hi Patricia, You have had your adventures!  The part about the cemetery made me think of the movie, Night of the Living Dead, where it started out in a cemetery. Glad  you took hold of your fear and continued!  Good story telling!  Thanks.

PS thanks for giving me a reason to view Michael Jackson's Thriller.  I never tire of seeing/hearing this.  Happy belated Halloween!

Nov 01, 2022 01:13 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH my gosh, what a great story - and life lesson, Patricia. I vividly remember the old maps and also my first 3 cars were sticks too! I would have been horrified had I been on that scary road and a novice at driving a stick!

My children would have given me the drive to get to my destination too. As well, you gave it the old mind-over-matter routine and got past your fears. BIG kudos to you for knowing that's what it took to get to your destination!

Nov 01, 2022 01:38 PM
Diana Dahlberg
1 Month Realty - Pleasant Prairie, WI
Real Estate in Kenosha, WI since 1994 262-308-3563

When i came to this post I thought, "oh darn, I missed the party!"  I loved your story -- you definitely had my attention.  I always say "FEAR is afraid of me!"

Nov 09, 2022 12:42 PM