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“Always do what you are afraid to do.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ah, poets. They give the best advice, don’t they? For the past few years of my life, I’ve found this to be the most important piece of wisdom I could ever follow. There’s so many things that we never do because we are afraid. But if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that years later, you look back and that thing you were so afraid of is a lot less big and scary in hindsight.
It’s like the shadows you used to be afraid of when you were alone in your room at night as a kid. In the moment, it’s terrifying. When you have some distance from it, you realize you had nothing to worry about.
Often, when I face a fear, when I do something that feels like it will make the world crumble around me, the results are, more often than not, unremarkable. In most cases, the sky doesn’t fall, my life isn’t ruined, and sometimes, nothing extremely bad or extremely good comes of it.
Nothing, except that I’m a little braver, bolder, stronger, and more myself than I was before. The thing about facing fears is that, no matter how many times you do it, there’s always something else to be afraid of. There’s always something else to face. When something scares me, it almost feels ridiculous at times. Because I can look back on my life and think, ‘I’ve been through this, I’ve overcome that, I’ve faced this other thing, and I’ve gotten through that.’
Somehow, it never gets any easier to face a fear. But every time you do it, it makes you better.
What are you afraid of? What is that thing? You know exactly the thing I’m talking about.
Go do it. You’ll be all the better for it.
Lace your fingers with mine
Walk with me, feel the sun
Don’t make me list the reasons
Why we might not work
I like the easy things
I like the messy things
It means that you’re here
It means we’re together.
The winds whisper around me
They say you’re worth pursuing
That you’re worth the potential heart-
Risk is inevitable
It’s the only way forward
Let the rainstorms come
So that wildflowers can bloom.