Scared of Being Afraid

Every one of us is afraid.

Fear is a universal emotion. Our ancestors survived because they were afraid of being eaten by beasts in the jungles.

We no longer have to fear being devoured by a tiger, yet our fears remain. We fear failure. We fear losing. We fear looking foolish. We fear trying something new. Often, we even fear the changes that success may bring to our lives.

Fear is all around us, but maybe we’re just scared of appearing afraid. Often, we’re really just worried about what everyone else is going to think.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said “What you are afraid to do is a clear indication of the next thing you need to do.”

Maybe we’re afraid because we know it’s important for us to do this thing that looms large in our mind.

Why shouldn’t we let our fears be our guide?

If we’re afraid of doing it, then it must be important. If we lean into our fear and forget what everyone else might think, then maybe, just maybe, we’ll end up in the place where we’re supposed to be.


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