How many times have I let fear stop me from doing something?
When I was a girl, I never wanted to do any sports or activities. I wasn't athletic, but fear stopped me from participating in many things, not just sports. In my mind I always felt like everyone else already knew how to do things. I was so afraid I would walk in and everyone would know I didn't know how to do whatever it was. I would look stupid. I would look like i wasn't in control. I remember my friend Kim would invite me to go to the wave pool with her. I was so afraid I would drown. Afraid a wave would knock me down and I would look stupid. I always said no. Fear kept me from participating in so many things.
Fear has kept me from doing things as an adult. Making choices, having fun. But fear has also ruined many days for me. Some days I will sit at my desk and feel anxious and not even know why. Just fearful thoughts racing through my head. I have allowed fear to control me most of my life.
So with this thought, I will try to learn the difference between fear and danger. I will continue to respect danger, I will try harder to ignore fear.