When you enter a dark room, turn on the light. Why? Because otherwise, you’re working blind. But you need to turn on the light even if you know the room well. You never know what’s hiding in your shadow. Always, always turn on the light, preferably before even entering the room.
And take a good look around, right away, before your eyes even adjust. Don’t even close them. Yes, it’s annoying and painful, but you’ll thank me. Because in that split second, when the light flashes and your eyes are squinting, you never know what kind of things the light just revealed.
Why do you do it? You don’t know why, but you do. You make sure the windows are locked, you check the other side of the door, and your closet…You even check under your bed. Why do you do this? Does ripping open the shower curtain and seeing nothing there make you feel safe? Does scoping the area with your eyes after reading a scary story reassure you?
Well, it shouldn’t.
Because by the time you’ve looked, I’ve already hidden.