I would never say that my job is fraught with emotional stress. It's pretty cush in that department as I'm in a comfy office whenever I'm not on the road. My co-workers are cool and we all get along, never mind the occasional squabble over who left their nasty Lean Cuisine in the microwave to explode and not clean it up for the LOVE, but I digress. We have fun and joke around, and it's all good.
But I made a grave mistake last week. In the aforementioned period of joking around, I opened up myself to show a weakness that could easily be exploited and one co-worker went for the jugular. Now I seriously find myself looking over my shoulder (or email as it were) every minute of the day over something that truly TRULY scares the eff out of me.
I'm scared of ghosts.
Like pee-my-pants-won't-sleep-for-a-week scared, and this co-worker has an actual picture of THREE ghosts standing in the doorway of his house. (I KNOW, RIGHT?!?) It's real, and multiple co-workers have confirmed that yes, there are in fact faces there of the paranormal variety. His goal in life is to get me to look at it by whatever means necessary, and he finds my terror hilarious.
So I receive random emails from him with innocent subject headings only to open it up to face a blown up picture of his house. Luckily I'm quick like cat and once I see the roof I exit out before I make it down to the doorway. I am now on a mission to delete every email he will ever send me, regardless of it's importance. Flagged? Red exclamation marked? Sorry dude. Call me on the phone.
There's another co-worker on staff who is afraid of balloons. She's terrified that one will pop and the sound makes her cry. Yes, she's that scared. Having an event that requires balloons is a bit iffy with her around but no one would think to go out of their way to pop one in her presence because hey, that's mean. GHOSTS on the other hand are fair game apparently, what with their vapor-like and floaty qualities. So everyone thinks this house picture avoidance on my part is funny, and are siding with co-worker. It's now six of them against one of me.
Am I the only person ever in the history of working that has had to deal with something like this? Any tips? Please don't tell me to suck it up or just look at it and move on. I want to be able to sleep at night, thanks.