Day 8: Fearless
Although most of us tend to think about adrenaline-laced adventures when we think about being fearless, I have found that this is a little bit misleading. Most of us could be coaxed to climb mountains, hike across ravines, or other challenging tasks with a bit of guidance and assurance that the proper equipment and emergency care would be available. For most of us, fear is a much more insidious opponent, one that keeps us in unhealthy relationships by threatening us with loneliness, or in unfulfilling jobs by threatening us with insecurity, or from realizing our full potential by threatening us with rejection. I genuinely feel that more people are afraid to simply speak their minds than afraid to hike Half Dome. Most of us are not lying awake at night because we lack the courage to para-sail, but because we lack the courage to change, love, leave, age, let go, or accept. We don't struggle because we lack the courage to swim with sharks, but because we lack the courage to be ourselves.
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I was inspired to create this page in memory of a dear friend I lost to suicide. She inspired me all of the time with her writing, which she shared with the world as one of the earliest recognizable "bloggers." I'm saving this page for thirty-one days of little pick me ups, in the hope that they might help someone else somewhere lift themselves up when they are feeling low.