(also I need to stop making topics) There is something of a chance that relatively soon I will be contracted for some minor dogsitting/walking for a friend of my mother's. This is not bad in itself. I know the people well enough to not be unduly bothered, I know their house and I know their dogs. The trouble is, I will need to walk their dogs, and they live right next to a footpath so I imagine most of their walks will go that way, but this particular footpath scares the shit out of me. I've walked my own dogs up there before because they don't live that far away and every time I have felt incredibly unwelcome and afraid. It's an old sunken road, actually, I believe it was one of the main paths into the settlement before modern roads were built, and it's just- threatening. My stance on things like nature spirits and ghosts and the like is kind of uncertain and blurred, like I would like to believe and do sort of half believe but at the same time the ideas upset my brain's logic circuits so I also don't. I do read a lot of lit about it though and have an active imagination so I'm probably just imagining it, but that doesn't change the fact that I always feel like there's something there that wants me not to be there. I made the mistake of walking down it at twilight once and nearly exploded with terror to the extent that even after I got back and had a shower to calm myself, I found myself weirdly afraid that I would close my eyes, open them again and be back there, only this time in the dark. The dogs never seem bothered, but this doesn't really help. Suffice to say, whatever the reason, I do not like this path, but it's going to be the easiest way to walk the dogs if I do end up with this gig (it depends on one of our own dogs, and whether she has an operation and it works; if she does, then she'll have to be kept quiet so we can't dogsit the other dogs at our house. But she might end up being put down instead, which makes my part in the dogsitting unnecessary). And I don't know what to do other than 'find other places to walk them' because if I have to walk that path every day I don't think I'll cope. And that might well just be the answer, but of course I'm worrying about it, so I need other people to tell me it... Or suggest ways to make the path less frightening, I'm also open to those.