Fear & Courage

She stops me in my tracks. My blood freezes and my heart stops. I lose control over my body and fear takes over my nervous system. My bones are paralyzed, my dreams stay locked in my head and opportunities fade away.

Her name is fear and she is my ying.

She whispers in my ear beckoning my freedom. She fills my head with hope and gives me the strength to break from the shackles fear has created. She wraps a warm glow around my body. She shows me possibilities of a future I crave. She pushes me to obtain it.

Her name is courage and she is my yang.

Fear and courage despite what some may think are vital in your survival of the real world. Both are needed to push you at your worst and make you take a step back at your best. They are like ying and yang. Although opposites they are inseparable. One in need of the other. We must learn to tango with both.

Understand that yes fear can be terrifying. It can stop you from performing on stage, applying for that dream job, going on that dream vacation or even going on a date. It can stop you from doing a lot. But there are times fear is actually a good thing. It reminds you that life isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. It reminds you to feel. To think before acting. Fear is sometimes mistaken as weakness. But it takes great strength to accept that fear and overcome it. How can we conquer anything without being scared first? It pushes for your survival.

Back to my point, how can we conquer anything without being scared first? Courage comes from fear. While nerves are running through our veins a tiny seed within us is forming. That seed is courage, confidence and strength. The more we face our fears head on the more the seed beings to grow. It also helps the brain to grow, making it rewire itself to understand what it is you’re enduring. You might look at people who have done brave things but they wouldn’t have been able to do so without having at least 1 ounce of fear.

Fear and courage go to hand in hand.

Recognize it.

Accept it.

Push through it. You’ll be surprise how much you can accomplish.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’

-Eleanor Roosevelt

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