What a great post from Joseph over at Travel Relapse – all about our deepest fears. I agree that it’s all about facing your fears.
When I was younger, you couldn’t get me in front of a crowd if you offered me a million dollars. But in college, I had to take an Engineering Communications course in order to graduate. As part of that class, we had to give presentations in front of the group. At first, this was terrifying. But our professor recorded us as we presented, and we had to watch our presentations afterwards (coupled with written constructive feedback from our classmates).
It is amazing how much that class helped me get over the fear of public speaking – now I don’t even blink an eye if I have to present, and in fact sometimes I search out those opportunities!
Travel is the same way – I was terrified to travel alone. What if something happened to me? What if I got kidnapped!
But then I travelled solo to St. Kitts to meet up with a friend. While I was not on my own the entire week, I did have one day where I just did my own thing. I survived!
I keep whittling down my fears one by one until soon I won’t have any left. The only fears I haven’t found a way to conquer yet are my fear of spiders and bees. It’s irrational, but I can’t help it.
Lets be honest for a second, no one has been unafraid. Not a single, normal, rational person on this Earth can claim that they have never felt the grip of fear. We feel terror and fear all the time, some of us know the feeling every day. Most of our fears that truly scare us are completely rational and we have them for good reason.
Having fear and feeling terror are, in fact, good things. They keep us alert and on our toes and allow us to make quick decisions in a moments notice. This feeling of fear is an instinct that was developed out of necessity to avoid real danger and death. Now, however, most of us feel the squeeze of fear when we are stepping out of our comfort zone and into the unknown. In times like these its always important to remember that you are never in…
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