Sinkholes

I have an irrational fear of sinkholes.

I know I know, they’re horrifying, I agree. I completely agree, imagine feeling the ground around you sink just on a regular ass day?

Like you just go into your friendly neighborhood Starbucks, realize it’s a little too pricy, then travel a couple extra blocks to get into the nearest Dunkin’ Donuts for an iced coffee. Nice, score, triumph. Delicious coffee and caffeine. Fantastic all around. You go outside, observe a few passing pedestrians, ponder life as you watch a dog piss on a fire hydrant, you smile and walk over to the crosswalk. You jaywalk across the street, smile shy to a passerby who keeps eye contact longer than expected, check your texts as you sip your coffee with your other hand, think you’re having the most regular day ever then WHAM!

You feel your leg drop into a depression, as if its been caught by a Walker from the Walking Dead. But instead of a zombie, you get caught by a sudden hole in the ground, which grows exponentially all around you as if God Himself wants to swallow you into the Earth, and you meet your demise in that dark and sudden abyss.

I’ll wait for you to stop shivering in the corner at the thought of it all. Go on, it’s okay it’s just a hypothetical story, you’re safe now shhhh shhhhhhh.

That’s basically my inner monologue every time I get thinking about sinkholes. Tell me that’s not a terrifying thought. Sure there are far more pressing concerns, but something about all of that just strikes me as deeply disturbing.

There’s limestone and sandstone and carbonate rock being built upon just about everywhere. Everywhere. Then some passing ground water comes on by, all unassuming and gentle over years and years, just a wandering stream through a thirsty world. Then after several years maybe decades have passed, that stream’s made itself a gigantic hole. So it can swallow up your gotdamn car.

The more I think about it the less irrational this fear feels to me, though one should never live in fear. Even the people in the Walking Dead go on living after everything has fallen apart around them. I don’t think it’s too far a jump to say that sinkholes are just as pressing a threat to humanity and society as we now recognize it as a zombie apocalypse.

I’m of course being ridiculous, but sinkhole awareness is something we should all have. Not that I have any idea what to do about it, just trying to inception a personal fear into all of you. I’ll leave you with an extensive sinkhole compilation I’m just now looking up on youtube, oh my God, for your viewing horror.

My God I didn’t even realize that a situation where somebody falls into a sinkhole during a regular ass day actually happened until I just saw this video literally just now while trying to find a video to end this blog post on. Oh my God. If you’re all ready afraid of sinkholes after reading this far, don’t watch that video above. I don’t want you to have nightmares like I’m about to.

*shivers and clumsily hits ‘close’ on youtube browser*

186 thoughts on “Sinkholes

  1. “If you’re afraid of sinkholes don’t watch that video.” That’s the moment a curious sensation overwhelmed me and I couldn’t let to watch it. 😉 Love you’re way of writing. Sometimes Mother nature can be very rough. Thanks a lot for sharing and have a wonderful evening.

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    • LOL I apologize for piquing your curiosity to this breaking point! So happy you enjoy my writing style, it’s true mother nature can be a rugged being at times. No problem at all thank you so much for watching and have a wonderful evening as well!!

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  2. Great post! There is a show called “Would You Survive” and on one episode they actually talk about what to do if your car is swallowed by a sinkhole! Wish I could remember what they said to do, but alas, I don’t and I’m at work so I really can’t be on here too long.
    Thanks for visiting my blog, I appreciate it and I really like yours!

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    • No problem at all, thanks for stopping by mine too! Oh God if you ever find out what they said please let me know hahah so happy you like my blog! Thanks so much for the kind comment! 🙂

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  3. Sinkholes are common where the rock below the land surface is limestone or other carbonate rock, salt beds, or in other rocks, such as gypsum, that can be dissolved naturally by circulating ground water. Sinkholes also occur in sandstone and quartzite terrains.

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  4. I saw one of those ecards that made me laugh – it said, “Growing up, I always thought that quicksand was going to be a much bigger problem than it turned out to be.”. “Quicksand” was my “sinkhole” when I was a kid but, as an adult, my “sinkhole” is “the moors” – it even sounds scary – even though I’ve never even been to the UK or anywhere that has bogs like that. I even read an article on how to cross peat bogs called “Fear No Moor”, which did clear up some points. Primarily, the point that I’m not going anywhere near a bog. Ever.

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    • I’ve never even heard of the moors haha I used to be pretty freaked out by quicksand when I was younger too, you’ve got me curious about the moors I need to check this out now, but certainly not firsthand haha I don’t live in the UK but I’d love to visit sometime. I’ll need a map that tells me explicitly where the bogs are so I can stay the hell away though haha thanks for the comment!

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  5. I grew up in Florida, where the main destructive forces of nature were hurricanes and sinkholes. There was a Porsche dealership in downtown Orlando that had a sinkhole open up right under it and it swallowed all those beautiful cars. Of all the natural disasters, I think sinkholes are the most insidious because they give no warning signs and you can’t see them coming. So I think you’re perfectly justified in being afraid of them.

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    • Thank you so much for understanding!! Most people I know truly think I’m joking when I say I think sinkholes are a legitimately frightening occurrence. Sinkholes are indeed insidious, no warning then boom your cars are gone. Or your house. You just never know with sinkholes thanks for the understanding comment!! 🙂

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  6. TYSM for checking my “Bath Of Peace” page. I haven’t listed prices yet (after I transferred from my Etsy shop to my own site)…because I am not sure if I am suppose to reopen it or not. Asked for input online, pertaining to that. Not a single hint. So I am waiting on Daddy – God to show me. 🙂

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    • May God show us all the way to ourselves, I seek everyday for signs from Higher Power to guide my steps on a course to fulfillment instead of the painful drudgery of all too often soul sucking work. I’ve felt closest to the Spiritual world while writing, and I’ve felt myself losing myself in my time getting sucked away from me doing so much work. God bless you and happy blogging!!

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