Inside what scares you lies what frees you.
~ Source unknown
We all have fears. Some of us have debilitating fears. When we learn to conquer those fears, we release ourselves from the bondage that binds us.
I was terrified of public speaking. Still am, really. Back in college, I took a public speaking class. And when the day came for me to deliver my speech, I skipped the class and feigned ill. For the make-up, I had to give the talk in front of the professor only, which I thought would be much easier but I was still a wreck and my presentation sucked.
Then came the day that I couldn’t skip out on. Getting up in front of a group of people to give a talk absolutely made me sick to my stomach. But there was no going back. I had to deliver. I had a whole class of people waiting to learn about their new job. My knees were quaking, my hands were shaking and my voice was quivering. But after a few minutes, I got into the groove and suddenly the fear dissipated. I was no longer afraid…and what was even more surprising, I actually enjoyed it! I was free…
And then when similar opportunities presented themselves, I was able to accept them without reservation because I knew that I might be a little off at first but my groove would kick in and I would bring it to a successful conclusion.
I have spent a lifetime conquering fears along the way, but I still have a long way to go and many fears to overcome. But that’s what living is about, right?
What scares you? Have you conquered fears? If so, do you feel free now?