It’s horribly powerful, for such a tiny little word.
I think the power of fear has held sway over all of us at some point in our lives. If it hasn’t ever gotten hold of you, well then, you are a lucky one.
Fear is a defense mechanism that should keep us safe, but the problem with it is that it grows. And when fear grows, you can’t. It has the ability to keep you from doing good things. Important things. It can stall your dreams—sometimes even stop them for good. Fear can keep you from realizing your full potential and make you doubt yourself even on a good day.
I have lots of fears. I fear losing the people I love, never accomplishing anything, and disappointing everyone.
I’m scared of snakes and creepy crawly bugs and anything with a stinger! I’m scared of what’s swimming below me in anything but a swimming pool and extreme amounts of wind.
I’m afraid of being horribly wrong about people and sometimes I’m afraid of being horribly right.
“I’m scared of everything. I’m scared of what I saw, I’m scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I’m scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I’m with you.” (Ten points to Gryffindor if you get any movie reference here!)
In all seriousness, I am afraid of a lot of things, but I can’t let fear rule my life. Neither can you. We can’t afford to keep giving power to something that has the potential to cause so much regret. Sometimes you just have to ask yourself what you fear the most: failure or regret?