Many of us look nonchalant and brave on the outside while we are actually fighting with our emotions on the inside. Just because we smile and get on with our lives, does not mean we do not have any fears hiding within us. For many years, I have lived in fear and only a few loved ones knew about it. I was terrified of this particular thing and feared it may cause harm to me or people close to me.
Fear is the strongest and most natural human emotion that alerts us to the possible danger or threat associated with it, whether real or imaginable. Fear exists in our thoughts, especially about the future. Unless someone or something is deliberately scaring us physically or mentally, fear is a choice. It is merely a product of our imagination.
Here is a poem I wrote about real FEAR:
Living our lives in endless fear has serious consequences. Physical health implications are one of the main negative effects of fear. Other results of breathing in constant fear are impaired memory, clinical depression and interruptions in the functioning of our brain.
I conveniently stayed away from my fear as much as I could. Years passed, but then came a day when I was forced to face my biggest fear. I sat down and thought hard about it. There was definitely no escape. I had to face it. Instead of increasing the anxiety in me, I tried hunting for a solution. Gradually, I gathered up all the courage I had in me, kept my loved ones safe at home and went out to encounter my fear alone. My mind was not ready, my heart felt like someone was pounding on it and my body was somewhat shivering.
But, then I told myself that I could do it. I could face it. Whatever happened, would happen for the best, even though the unforeseen future seemed scary at the time.
In the end, once I faced my fear, nothing, what I had imagined all these years, happened. Though I was alert, I felt myself at ease. Though I wasn’t very communicative, I still smiled genuinely and wondered why I was terrified all these years. Of course, I knew the reason why it started, but being attentive and alert would have sufficed instead of living in the fear of potential tragedies.
After my rendezvous with fear, I realized that the only way to overcome it was to accept it and face it, head on! I realized that the only thing that held me back was my own interpretation of things. Because I was scared, I created a web of scarier ‘maybe’s’ and ‘could be’s’ around me, thereby creating one big distressing bubble in my head. Have you ever crafted such a frightening simmer around yourself?
However, I would like to conclude with another positive fact. This was all about the human emotion called fear as a negative sensation. But I came across these impressive Benefits of Fear and I’m glad to say that I’m totally trying to do number 15 with this post of mine. I honestly hope this helps one of you too!
Do you live in constant fear of something or someone? Would you care to tell us more about it? Talking about it helps. Typing it is even easier so start moving those fingers NOW!