Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Things That Piss Me Off Tuesday - Fear

I'm gonna get all deep on you now, so be prepared.

I've been thinking a lot about things lately, about how much fear drives the choices that people make.  How if only we could find a way to confront those fears, to look them in the eye and conquer them, we'd have a whole lot fewer problems to deal with in the long run.

Think about it for a minute.
The Scream, Edvard Munch
How many of us have not pursued a new career or a hobby or a sport because we were afraid we would fail?

How many of us have chosen to be complacent with the ways things are, convincing ourselves that whatever this is must be good enough, because we're too afraid of change?

How may of us refuse to see that our self destructive behaviors are caused by a fear of dealing with the fact that there might be something actually wrong with us?

How many times have we held back what we wanted to say, chosen to stop ourselves from doing what we knew we should, because of the fear of what the consequences might be?

How many of us have been afraid to stand up for ourselves against those who use us because we are afraid they won't love us or like us anymore?

How many of us are afraid to move on because we are afraid we need to be where we are?  That there may be nothing better?

How many can judge others for their choices, without seeing that we are just projecting our own flaws, but are afraid to look too hard in the mirror?

Fear drives far more things in our lives than we should allow it to.

Fear makes us choose poorly, leads us to the weaker, easier path.

Fear makes us doubt ourselves.

Fear makes us rely on those we shouldn't.

Fear holds us back.

My challenge to you all today is to think hard about your life.  About what decisions you made today because you were afraid.  Then, face that fear, and do better next time.

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