Living in Fear = Fear of Living
WHAT IS YOUR FEAR?
Saturday night, when we were talking about scheduling for Sunday, I pointed out that my husband would need to pick up his daughter when she was finished at work because I had a meeting from 2:00 – 5:00 pm.
“Oh, good,” my husband said, “Tami can drive my truck (an F205) home.”
“Your truck?” Tami said. She passed her driver permit test a little over a month ago and has been learning to drive in my F150. “You want me to drive your truck. Your truck scares me.”
“It’s nothing to be scared of.”
JUMP TO MY PAST
When I was in college, I had a technical theater director/professor who decided that it wasn’t acceptable for a theater student to be afraid of heights. His solution was to hold me to the expectations he had set for the class. That meant I had to climb the ladder that was hooked under the balcony seats and propped against the ceiling beam where a row of lights hung by a baton to hang stage lights.
I accomplished the task. I was shaking in every ounce of my being, but I did it. When my feet were back on the floor of the balcony, I was relieved; but as I look back on my professor’s insistence that I perform the task, I realize he had a point.
I needed to realize that my fear was unfounded, that I was able to perform the necessary task successfully, and that if I could overcome that fear, I would be able to overcome other fears.
Don’t misunderstand me. Fear does have a healthy place in our lives. A healthy fear means that you have respect for yourself and respect for any activity you plan to participate in.
A healthy fear
- stops us from taking part in something that we are not skilled at before learning the skills. (In other words, before attempting to downhill ski, you will probably need some lessons from someone.)
- stops us from taking part in something illegal. (My fear of getting caught by the police keeps me on the straight and narrow.)
- stops us from trying something ridiculously dangerous. (In other words, I would not consider kayaking a racing swollen river, especially if the river had been closed.)
What I am saying is this:
Don’t let your fears cripple you from living life passionately.
Don’t let your fears cripple you from living life purposefully.
Don’t let your fears cripple you from learning a new skill.
Don’t let your fears cripple you from having a new experience.
What dreams are you not living because of fear?
Conquer your fears, learn the skills, and start on a path to achieving your dreams.
Thanks for reading.