Fear that Chokes

I now think that I’ve been afraid of many things. It’s been like that for more than half my life.

I’m afraid of my family.

I’m afraid of my work.

I’m afraid of taking the steps to find alternative means to provide for my family.

I’m afraid of my friends.

I’m afraid of my enemies.

I’m afraid of what anyone thinks of me.

I’m afraid to write, to draw.

To think.

But as I let myself be buried under a ton of fear for almost two and a half decades, I watched a TED Talk done by Tim Ferriss. And I was reminded of a quote he said made by Lucius Annaeus Seneca:

We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.

And yes, a lot of my fears do look like constructs of my mind than what is really there.

I think I have to look at these fears directly each day.

I have to ask myself the validity of these fears.

I mean, what’s the worst that can happen if those fears do come to pass?

The scarier question is, what would happen if I don’t do anything about my fears?

And I found some of the answers really messed me up a few minutes ago.

The fear of inaction is pushing me to go forward, albeit clumsily, toward the things I want to achieve.

It’s still hard work. I may fail, I mean fail badly.

But this time, I’m not alone.

I have my family. I have the books, the videos, the websites, the tools. I’m glad that I live in an age where I can find the answers to my problems, my fears.

As I wrap up, I leave this TED Talk done by Tim Ferriss. If you have fears, know that you’re not alone. Talk to those that can encourage you. Read books that tell stories of people that came out more than conquerors. Watch videos like the one below.

Feel free to comment and tell me what you think.

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