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THOUGHTS: FIGHT THE FEAR OF BEING AFRAID

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9/14/2016
If nothing fears teaches us some really important things about ourselves. It allows us to be confronted with situations we would rather avoid completely. In the past fear may well have been a necessity for survival. But today it plays no part in enhancing our lives today. Now to be clear, I’m not talking about a fear of spiders, the dark or creepy clowns. I am talking about the kind of fear that stops us from living the fullest, brightest, happiest life we can. Fear of committing, fear of loving, fear of oneself, fear of accepting the end of something, fear of beginning. The list of fears is endless but not final.  This is how we fight the fear of being afraid.

If you don’t live on the edge, you can’t see the view. – Vicky Corrington

It is so important that fear doesn’t dictate our behaviour. Don’t let fear stop you from writing that novel you had in mind. Don’t let fear stop you from asking out the cute guy in the coffee shop. Don’t let fear stop you from writing a blog, or living your life.  And that is how you fight the fear. By doing what you fear the most, confronting your fear head one, shamelessly. Speaking from experience it’s much easier said than done to overcome a fear, but once you do it I can promise you there is no better feeling, the liberation from the fear imprisonment is an emotion like no other.

Having a fear is awful. It is a crippling, looming thing that I know in the past has prevented me from doing so many things, until it hit me the other day that enough was enough. I went to an amusement park with a couple of friends, who are all absolute adrenaline junkies, something that I am not. I have a crippling fear of heights and had my fear taken over I would have missed out on one of the best days of my life with my friends laughing, smiling and feeling so carefree. Yes, my heart felt like it was going to jump out of my mouth, and I was so sure I was going to be sick everywhere. But I did it! I got on that roller coaster and faced my fear and I fucking loved ever minute of it. I felt empowered for the first time in forever. It was this event that inspired this post, and also inspired me to start taking back control of my fears in other aspects of my life also.

Death is more universal than life; everyone dies but not everyone lives. – A. Sachs
The most important step is to accept it. Accept that you are afraid of failure, the future or whatever it is that is holding you back. Accept it and say ‘fuck it’ and do it. Allow yourself to be vulnerable, accept and acknowledge your fears. My list of fears is lengthy and tiresome; I am afraid of being rejected, criticised, I am scared to leave my comfort zone. I have a fear of expressing my feelings to people I care about. I would no longer let my fear of the unknown, fear of the consequences, fear of the future hinder me from living my life to completest. It is so important that we don’t let fear hold us back.

The journey of overcoming your fear is arduous and gruelling, it also won’t be easy or quick, but it will be worth it. The fucked up, and messy thing about fear is that it is man-made, it’s something that we create and in the end something we can choose to destroy. Whatever it is that you are afraid of right now. Confront it, accept it and overcome it.

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. – unknown
Until next time,
Thank you x
2 comments on "THOUGHTS: FIGHT THE FEAR OF BEING AFRAID"
  1. Ahhh this post really rang true for me! I have so much motivation for overcoming my fears but a part of me still can't let go, it's a fight my body encounters every day! Hopefully I can keep pacing myself and making that scared part of me smaller and smaller as I go along, even though it's never a smooth path! I hope one day, when I can cope with life like others can, I can say the same thing xx

    elizabeth ♡ ”Ice Cream” whispers Clara | (lets follow each other on bloglovin or instagram)

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    1. Keep at it Elizabeth, it will all work it in the end! xx

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