We all have fears. Fear is that unpleasant emotion we feel when we are afraid of someone or something. It is likely to be something dangerous, painful, or threatening.
Some of the most common fears are: fear of death, fear of the unknown, fear of being alone, fear of failure, fear of losing loved ones, fear of rejection, fear of heights, and so on.
In my opinion, humans like to be in control of their emotions and destiny. However, fear takes that away from us. When we are fearful of something, we want to avoid it as much as we could because we imagine the worse case scenario. Now, of course, there are things we cannot avoid even if we wish to. Death is an example. Regardless of how much we want to avoid death, we’re all going to die one day. It’s a matter of time.
But there are things we could avoid if we choose to. For example, fear of failure. If we never strive for anything, we cannot fail, right?
Fear of losing loved one. If we never loved, then we cannot lose our loved ones, right?
Fear of rejection. If we never asked nor tried, we cannot be rejected, right?
True. But that’s not living.
If one were to live that carefully, perhaps there wouldn’t be much to be fearful of, but there also isn’t much to look forward to.
In my opinion, a great life is one that consists of a lot of great memories. Great memories will not happen naturally though. I have to create and allow it to happen. If I refuse to open the door, I will never know what is on the other side. Perhaps it is dangerous, scary, and risky; but I’m not satisfied living a life forever protected.
I want to live and experience everything. Love may hurt, but I’d rather loved than never to have felt love. Rejection is tough, but at least I have tried. Failure feels awful, but it means I have aimed and worked hard towards something.
They say, success is not a destination, but a journey. I truly believe so.
In Chinese, there is a saying that life consists of 4 flavours: sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy. I want to go through it all. We only have one shot in life, so why not give it your all? Live with no regrets.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Note: Although fear is an unpleasant emotion, it is a vital response to physical danger. Sometimes, we have to know when it’s time to run.