the iconic slasher from the 80s.
you know who he is.
i’ll need a full watch party of his first movie.
as the story of freddy krueger goes,
he was a child killer from a small town in springwood, ohio.
it wasn’t until a gang of parents banned together and killed him.
he came back as a spirit to haunt teenagers in their dreams.
they had to stay awake in order not to enter his world.
as soon as you heard this chant…
…it was pretty much over for you.
as much as it was just a movie to scare you into not sleeping,
some of us have/have had a freddy in our own lives…
my “freddy” has been a lot of things growing up.
from a fear of my sexuality,
what others thought about me,
to an insane need to be perfect,
i would often be left paralyzed with fear.
it was those moments i’d be alone in my own thoughts that he’d pop up.
over the years,
i allowed the nightmares to manifest into full-blown insecurities.
it wasn’t until i decided to start facing my fears is when things got better.
some things i ended up defeating,
while others are taking a little more time.
“freddy” doesn’t always have to be within you.
“freddy” could be a human that draws the insecurities out of you.
our parents can be one.
our fears are what’d they do if they “found out”.
others could be those around us.
the people we secretly want to be liked by.
nothing is worst than being exiled because we’re “different”.
there’s a small few that are traumatized by full-fledged demons we’ve encountered.
those jackals or hyenas who took our innocence by molestation or rape.
because those secrets run a lot deeper than the rest,
they end up locking us in a cage.
we keep walls up so we don’t let others in.
it isn’t until we face the fear of sharing that story,
we won’t ever move forward to finally being free.
as i’ve learned on my own journey,
and many foxhole entries of past,
is that freedom comes once you stand up to your fears.
your “freddy” might be the reason your relationships don’t last.
it could also be the reason why people don’t like being around you.
it’ll help open doors and tear down walls that kept us guarded.
love and friendship being one of them.
when i share my truth to you all,
i battle my own “freddy” daily.
so whatever is going on in your background,
and haunts you in your personal nightmares,
you might need to put on your big boy pants and take that muthafucka head off.
you see the one snow vixen in those movies that gets to fighting him.
life is much better when you don’t have “freddy” keeping you up at night.