Let me start off by saying I don’t know the ‘best’ or ‘right way’ to go about tackling fear. However, I would like to believe there are a few of you out there who are a little like me. (At least I hope!)
Like in the Croods, sometimes we live in fear because it’s the only way we know how to survive. It is a ‘safe’ zone. But fear is also what keeps us from reaching our full potential.
As I write this, fear tells me “no one cares what you have to say.” But experience tells me that there are people who need to hear this. Experience tells me that we need to light this lie.
A lot of times fear disguises itself as our ‘buddy.’ The ‘friend’ that is just looking out for us. Fear is the one stopping us from becoming something more. Fear is the one stopping us from being who we truly are. Fear is our worst-case scenario.
But hey! Life isn’t a worst-case scenario. There are also best-case scenarios and somewhere in between the two.
As an example, here are some thoughts that ran through my head while writing this post.
- Fear (False evidence appearing real) worst-case scenario: Everyone who reads this will disagree and leave awful mean comments. They’ll judge me. I’m not a good enough writer.
- Best-case scenario: This post is going to reach hundreds of teens and they will be encouraged to try new things. They will have a better understanding of themselves and come back and share their stories with me.
- Somewhere in between: Probably a handful of people will read this and some will find it encouraging, and some may just not be able to connect.
When I take a step back, it is easy for me to see the worth in writing this post. Sure I can aim and hope for the best-case scenario, but I would also be thrilled with just hitting somewhere in the middle. If I can encourage one of you to make a difference, I would feel honored.
There are a lot of amazing people out there who have missed opportunities on making this world a better place because they believed fear. I don’t want to miss out on the amazing ideas you have inside that beautiful brain of yours.
Before you don’t run for student council, or enter a writing contest, or don’t try out for the team, or don’t ask her out. Before you don’t speak up against the bully, or don’t ask to sit by someone at lunch. Before you give up on yourself before you even start.
I hope that you will be able to see through fear and its mischievous ways. If you are having a hard time seeing anything other than all of the worst outcomes, please email me or post below! Let’s talk about it.