Today, I’m going to start a sub-series on my website entitled “One Fear A Day”. Over the course of the past few years, I’ve written a number of heartfelt posts on risingbean, and I am deeply, deeply grateful for all you who have followed me, offered feedback, contributed comments, shared my work, and have encouraged me to write more.
More often than not, I’ve chosen to write about a random topic I felt passionate about at the moment, while not committing to any predominant theme. And yet, my site slogan is “On the other side of fear lies freedom!”, revealing what I’m most passionate about – the concept of facing your fears.
Do one thing every day that scares you. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
If there was any one habit that has brought the most changes to my life, it’s my ongoing resolve to face my fears. It’s not easy. On many days I falter – I’ve probably failed more than the average person – but knowing the amazing changes I’ve already seen, and experiencing the freedom love brings, I’ve cemented my determination to always choose courage, and I want you to too.
I’d like to clear up a few things first. Fear is not the point of my posts, but rather COURAGE is. I use the word ‘fear’ only as a reference word, and I want your focus to be on taking those heroic steps, big or small, towards your freedom from fear.
Also, I’m only discussing mental fears, not the real, imminent, physical-danger type of fear. So fear of failure and fear of fear of rejection are in, and How To Suck It Up And Safely Land Your First BASE Jump or How To Disarm A Time Bomb are out. Phobias such as fear of spiders, snakes, ghosts, evil Pokemon, etc. are generally out – except in good fun, of course.
And today, for post number one, I’m going BIG – I’m talking about the Fear of the Unknown. This is the sum of all fears. It is essentially every fear, and is a fear on its own. We’re staring down the Eye of Sauron. But guess what? The good news is that there’s a way out of fear, and it doesn’t require a magical ring.
Let’s have a quick look into why we’re so afraid. We’re pretty much bound by evolution to fear the unknown, as challenging it often led to unpleasant circumstances like torture or death: Leaving the tribe. Charting across a