I'm terrified of my straightener and curling iron. I'm petrified that one day I am going to leave my house only to come home to a pile of ash because I left my straightener/curling iron on and burned down my entire house. Sadly, it's one of my greatest fears in life.
For years my family has made fun of me for this little "quirk" of mine. When I was in high school I would leave for school only to call my mom five minutes later asking her to go upstairs and make sure I turned my straightener off. She would (or at least she said she did), and it was always turned off. In fact, not once have I ever left my straightener or curling iron on after using. Never! Yet, to this day I'm still terrified of it happening.
Where does this irrational fear of mine come from? Until recently I honestly had no idea. I had never been a home fire, and I didn't have friends that had burned down their family home due to irresponsible hair appliance usage. I honestly assumed that I had no connection with fire and dangerous hair tools. That was, however, until I sat down one afternoon to watch a Friends re-run.
Friends was something I watched all the time growing up. I could quite literally quote the entire ten seasons word for word if you asked me to, which is why this particular episode caught me by surprise.
You see, the other day when I turned on the television I watch the Friends episode where Rachael burns down the apartment because she left her hair straightener on.
And there it was!
My lifelong (or at least ten year old) fear of hair appliances had surfaced. I had finally discovered where this paranoia of my stems from. If Rachael could burn down an apartment by leaving her straightener on, then by damn, it could happen to me too!
Unfortunately, uncovering the root of my problem hasn't helped me in overcoming my fear. In fact, just yesterday I pulled out of my driveway only to pull right back in so I could go back inside the house and triple check that I had turned my straightener off.
Apparently this little "quirk" of mine is here to stay, so I suppose it's about time to (wo)man up and invest in one of these.