Fear; “an emotion induced by a perceived threat which causes entities to quickly pull far away from it and usually hide.”
Fear is one of the basic principles of survival. It allows you to sense danger and react to it so that you are able to protect yourself and live. I guess maybe that’s why I find it a bit humorous that in today’s society fear actually does the opposite. Instead of acting as the emotion to sustain life, it is actually the emotion that prevents us from living more than anything.
Fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of discomfort, fear of perception. All this fear has done nothing but turn most of us into cowards. We live in a world where a person would rather not try something at all because they are terrified at the thought of failing. What most fail to realize is that the beauty in failure is unparalleled. Any one can get lucky one time but that is accuracy not success. Success is defined as being able to produce a desired result consistently. How can this be achieved without failing ? Failure is foundation to success yet we run away from it like a sheep would from a lion.
I’ve met some of the most brilliant people who are scared showcase their talents because of the fear of how they will be perceived. They would rather be liked for who they pretend to be as opposed to loved for who they really are. What satisfaction can that possibly bring? More and more I see people so caught up in gaining approval from others. We care so much about the opinions of people that mean absolutely nothing to our lives. We are so scared that we won’t be liked that we sacrifice our morals, our values and our dreams. The jobs we get, the clothes we wear, the music we listen to, all because we fear that we won’t be accepted.
So many people fear rejection. They keep emotions, thoughts and feelings bottled up inside of themselves and are left to ask themselves one of the most dreaded questions in life: what if ?
One day we all will die, there is no escaping it. Would we fear death if we actually lived a full life ? Or do we fear death so much because we never took the chance to live. Every single breath we take on this earth is precious. So live the life that you dreamed of, don’t be scared.