I’d like to think that my life’s always been an adventure and I think it has been. Yet my individual journey really began two years ago. I’ve come to many realizations through it all yet I think one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that fear is normal – but it should not be crippling.
If I had conformed to my fears, I would not have been the person I am today. Embracing my fears allowed me to see that the limits to the human being is that which we impose on ourselves and that really, the human spirit is strong beyond measure.
If we shy away from all that which we are afraid of – we will never grow and never advance. We will not know that which we are capable of because we have never dared to test our limits. We will pass through this life with our magic left inside of us. I’m not sure how many of us can live with that. It would lead to suffering.
It is important to calculate our steps and to :
1) Look into the risks.
2) Mitigate them as best we can
3) Trust our instincts.
4) If all else checks out : Jump!
A lot of the time we are not afraid of failure but what would happen if we succeeded. Sometimes our dreams lie at our fingertips and we linger at the starting line. Yet once we step over it – half our battle is done. Mandela said that “Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph over it.”
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”