Fear

Fear—

• A four letter word that interferes with our lives by causing discomfort and emotional distress •

Fear comes in many shapes and sizes. Fear can prevent us from participating in an activity, accomplishing a goal, or even from just surviving an ordinary day. There are those who fear a particular person, place or thing, while others fear an idea or situation.

My list of fears range from heights, to ants (yes, the tiniest of bugs), to tight spaces (claustrophobia), to airplanes. I’m afraid of public speaking and getting my heart broken (yet again). I’m terrified of living an incomplete life, and of losing a loved one before their time should be up. Everyone is scared of something.. So what should you do about your most intimidating fears? Face them.

The pertinent thing to remember about fear is you cannot let it define your life. I’m talking about the deeper fears; fears like loss or failure. If you were betrayed by whom you considered to be the ‘love of your life,’ you might be scared to ever give your heart out again. If you’ve gotten fired from a multitude of jobs, you might be scared to apply to another. Avoiding these situations will only lead to you missing out on living. Fear holds us back from situations that could be wonderful experiences. Just because the first few relationships or jobs weren’t picture perfect, does not guarantee that the next one will let you down. It’s amazing how different your outlook can be once you stop letting fear dictate your life.

“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.”

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  1. I can relate with the claustrophobia. (I fear cockroaches too). But those are… uhm, I’d say the “shallow fears.”

    I love how you said,”The pertinent thing to remember about fear is you cannot let it define your life. I’m talking about the deeper fears; fears like a loss or failure.” Somehow, those fears are best fought with unconditional love; for someone else, and especially for the self. It’s the only thing stronger than fear itself, personally. 🙂

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