Fear is a funny thing. It prevents you from trying, it quiets the cries of your dreams and it stifles endless possibilities.
We spend days, months and years of our lives afraid to try new unknown things, afraid we might fail and worried about the what ifs. Fear is a constant mirror being held up to your face, taunting you, daring you not to listen to your inner voice, the voice of yearning trying hard to be heard above the endless chatter and noise that fear makes.
As an oncology nurse I hear way to much about regrets, about dreams cut short and left unfulfilled, about chances never taken and things never tried. Every time a patient shares their regrets with me it makes me think about how I’m living my life and what dreams I’m stifling by not releasing my fears and walking unchartered territory.
I think fear prevents us from being fully present, fully connected with ourselves and what’s important to us. We’re constantly worried about whether we’re doing or saying the right thing, whether the price of taking a chance is worth the unease and being unsure of how to relinquish control. We spend so many wasted hours playing through scenarios in our heads, most of which will never even be an issue.
It’s funny how much fear controls us. What do we really have to lose by giving into our fears instead of facing them head on? Nothing more and nothing less than our ourselves, our true selves.
What are you afraid of?
This is an original post to World Moms Blog by Susie Mayerfeld, our contributor in Israel.
Photo credit to Susie Mayerfeld.