day 182: demolishing fear project style
When I first started this blog I choose to share a very personal list. My very own personal list of fear. I rounded up what guts I had and wrote down every little fear I could imagine cluttering my mind. Thinking back, I´m truly happy I did. Because It worked. Sharing the list and working with it -peace by peace have made me realize, fear isn´t dangerous. Living life cluttered by fear is.
We all fear. Colored my the society we live in, our surroundings, our history and imagination, fear controls us. Sometimes in ways we know off and acknowledge. Other times, we don´t even realize how fear of something is holding us back from becoming everything we can be. Fear is healthy. When it comes to avoiding situations that could cause us harm. But sometimes, knowing about those situations makes us fear them even when there´s really no need to as well. It´s like, if we´ve seen it in a movie, it could happen, right..
I quit seeing movies that makes me fear situations i normally wouldn´t. I quit seeing tv-shows that clearly gets it´s viewers only based on common knowledge about fear. And I also quit buying magazines and newspapers where fear corrupts the real stories. Bottom line is: fear sells. And I don´t want to support a business that thrives on other peoples nightmares anymore.
Think about it. What have you read in the newspapers today? What happened in the last movie you saw? how about the news? Scared?
A year after I created my list of fears I´ve actually been able to remove most of my fears. From my list and from my head. And although I didn´t know at the time, writing my fears down, acknowledging them in a way, made them less scary. It also made me aware of the space they were stealing from other thoughts. Good thoughts. And choosing to do something about my fears made me grow.
II´m not in a dark place anymore. I´m not afraid.
In honor of actually accomplishing something great though my blog, here´s to daring!
HURRA, HURRA, HURRA!!!
for those of you extra interrested (!) here´s how my list went and how I managed to work through it. Demolishing my fears one by one