I finally bought this game, and as silly and stupid as this sounds, it is SCARY as much as it is fun.
And I play on peaceful mode.
The reasons are these: The eerie wind or ominous ambient noise that pops up at random while I'm in a dark cave or bottom of a ravine, I get claustrophobic when I am lost in a cave and start building stairs to get to the surface, the fact I frequently mistake the sugar cane near my house for creepers (then proceed to headdesk as I remember I'm on peaceful mode) and that I fell in lava while going after diamonds and spanwed in the middle of freakin' nowhere, completely unfamiliar with the land. This is all probably because I'm easily spooked, and is rather sad because I'm almost 21.
Otherwise the game is awesome: I have since started familiarizing myself with the world around me, I have a diamond helmet and pickaxe, a quaint little hut on an island surrounded by lots of squid, and a sheep pit behind it. I will switch to easy mode the next time I play, and work my way up to normal from there.
Can anybody give me advice on how to not be so... cowardly while playing? Because I'd love to see some endermen and get some pearls.