I live in an area with few predators that would attack me rather than run, no venomous animals, and most terrain is safe if you walk slowly. Indoors, I just have to remember to shuffle my feet to keep from stomping Legos and d4s
The only thing I’m afraid of in the dark is stepping on something that my daughter has left around. In late 2019, I had been vastly underestimating how much clutter she was willing to live in, as I had told her I was done cleaning up after her if she was just going to wreck the place again within hours.
Well, I had to sneak into her room in the dark to turn off a light and felt a shard of plastic get stuck in the sole of my foot. I yanked it out and tossed it in the general direction of the garbage can, but it kept swelling over the next few days. It turned out that shard of plastic was from a sewing needle case and that shard had pushed a full needle deep into my foot… Eye-end first
I prefer the dark. However, I once stepped on a scorpion in the dark. I don’t know that I wouldn’t have stepped on it even if the light was on. Probably the biggest takeaway is to wear protective gear on the feet while traversing in the dark, or in a lighted area for that matter. (I hate to wear shoes)
In 1990, my family moved from suburban New Jersey to rural Indiana. I had trouble sleeping the first few weeks - it was too dark without a street light outside my window, and too quiet without sirens and trains in the distance.
I got over it, to the point that now I have trouble sleeping in town.
I don’t like it pitch dark where you can’t see anything, even in my own bedroom. I sleep with an eye mask on, but the room needs to have some lights on, even if it’s just the clock and the light on the humidifier (which I seem to now HAVE to sleep with in my old age or my sinuses freak out)
I find myself checking over my shoulder a lot more often in the dark, which has been a fuel for my flashlight obsession I’m sure.
For those of y’all who said you’re not afraid of the dark, I wonder if a long walk through a pitch black snowy forest, out to the hunting stand would change your story. I’m not saying screaming in fear, just unnerved and paranoid. New age flashlights are a game changer though…I can light up an acre now
I answered “no”, as I have never been spooked outside in natural darkness nor in a house/building with no lighting.
However, I have to admit that I have been spelunking multiple times where the entire group turned off their head lamps and flashlights and true pitch blackness was pretty creepy. I think it was less about the darkness itself, and more about the prospect of how the hell I would get out if I didn’t have some sort of lighting.