Feelings of Fright and Fatigue Fuse Fernie

October isn’t the only month dedicated to fright anymore, the past 19+ months have been a tornado of unpredicted scares. I could rattle on (or rant on…) for paragraphs, but we’ve all lived through a different experience. The one thing uniting us in this ever-changing world, is our fatigue. The constant change of rules from a global scale to the rules of entering a grocery store. We’re tired. We’re frightened. We have no idea what the future holds. But we’re together through it all. 

Fear at its essence is from the unknown. American author, H.P Lovecraft says it best, “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” If we can’t give words to what the feeling is inside us, and communicate wholly with validity, reason, and adequate vocabulary, we get scared. Words are such an important tool in helping us come to terms with, accept, and grow through fear. 

Education is illuminating. The more we know, the more we understand what we can do, how we can help ourselves and others, and the less scary it feels, both internally and externally. A wonderful place to begin figuring out what best describes how we feel, is to read the words of writers. With their profound gift of communicating, describing, giving depth and breadth to stories, often their words can speak to you and your situation more than you know how to. 

The division we feel in our community is another frightening aspect of life which no one planned for or knows exactly how to approach. Handling this with kindness and openness is a good way forward, to alleviate the pressures everyone is feeling regardless of their personal choice. Encouraging fear and furthering the anxiety stems from the extremes of being on one team or the other, rather than seeing us as a whole unit.

The Fernie Heritage Library is a place of discovery, a safe and accessible space to educate or entertain oneself free from judgement, and in turn, free from fear. As well as connecting people to resources, we are a community hub connecting the community. We work hard to ensure our patrons feel included, heard, have access to what they need and want, and feel safe doing so. We have seen the way fear brings a spectrum of emotions out in people, and we wish to create a balanced space for all to enjoy. Together, in kindness. 

Jon Turk’s eloquent and enlightening opening words offer us further insight into the natural reaction of fear, and the power it can hold. His latest book Tracking Lions, Myth, and Wilderness in Samburu, which was released in September, will have its official Canadian Launch at the Fernie Heritage Library’s Booked! Fernie Writers’ Series event on Thursday 28 October at 7pm. Keep an eye on our social media for further details.