Don’t Face Your Fears

Maxims for the anxious, worried and scared. Like me.

“person skydiving on air during daytime” by Muzammil Soorma on Unsplash

“Fear cuts deeper than swords.” – George R.R. Martin

1. Don’t face your fears, dance with them.

They’ll never leave you alone.

The more you acknowledge them, the more powerful the music becomes.

The more supple you are to twist and turn and let fear lead you to places of wonder and amazement.

Never try to understand why evolution isn’t catching up with your amygdala.

Or why the pit of your stomach hurts every time there’s any kind of stage: publishing on your blog, speaking in public, asking the girl out.

We had lions and lives were lost because we danced with the fears and weren’t fast enough to escape. Lions have become stares from others and tigers are shares and comments.

It’s the same fear, in the wrong time of history. Dance along.

2. Don’t be yourself, become yourself.

It’s easy to ignore the obvious because, well, it’s obvious:

We’re human beings.

We aren’t human ares. We’re aren’t. We become.

We learn, grow, adapt, adjust.

We collect data from our lives and choose the next steps to take.

You aren’t static. You are worried and anxious now because of our present day lion. But remember, you’re being. You can become.

Who do you want to be? Is there someone you look up to? Figure out their story.

Is there are a profession you’re interested in? Figure out the possible paths to accomplish this task.

Then, most importantly, start.

If you’re alive, you can still be what you want to be. You don’t have to be anything anyone says.

Become yourself.

3. Don’t bother about being the best, just show up.

As you read this, do you consider the angle at which the light hits your eyeball and how the signal travels across your optic nerve?

Why? Why not?

As you walk, do you wonder what system allows you to put one step in front of the other?

Why? Why not?

This world is like your mind and body: It cannot be fully explained or understood by anyone.

If you try to use your limited time to focus on what works in the shadows to make the possible, possible, you may realize, too late, that your time is over.

You may never gaze in amazement at the miracle of life and appreciate nature as well as the goodness of man and the creativity of the universe.

Use your eyes to capture beauty. Use your legs to explore the world. Use your mind to travel across existence.

Most times, your brain will trick you to focus on the minutiae. On how much you don’t know. Show up and let the magic take over.

Do your part well, and the rest will take care of itself.

Written by

Cameroonian writer and video creator. Featured in LEVEL and P.S. I Love You. I write about building relationships and personal transformation.

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