To me, fear is the most powerful emotion of all. Not hope, not love, not faith but fear. If you really think about it, it is present in every aspect of our lives and we are constantly battling it. In our careers, in our beliefs about the universe. In love. In lack of understanding.
Fear is more than being afraid of something. It’s an entire lifestyle and frame of mind. In order for an emotion to control your mode of operation, it must first take root in your mind. It’s like a weed, that harbors its roots deep into the seeds of your brain. One that grasp each and every single ounce of good, faith, positivism, etc. that you could possibly have and destroys it.
The thing about fear is that it is no different than any other emotion, thus making it easier than you may realize to overcome. But when you’re afraid, it is as if there is no escape. To clarify, I’m not talking about fears that protect us; i.e. those that keep us out of harm’s way. What I’m referring to are fears that take more of a psychological root. The fears that keep us from being the best people that we can possibly be. That nagging voice in your mind that constantly makes excuses for why you have not pursued your dreams. That “very rational” perspective that convinces you to remain at a job that you absolutely despise. That “advice” from your friends and family that essentially shits on your dreams because it “makes so much sense.” THAT fear.
Let’s look at Merriam Webster’s definition of fear:
to be afraid of (something or someone)
: to expect or worry about (something bad or unpleasant)
The choice is yours. You just have to CHOOSE to move fear out of your way.