Saturday, August 07, 2010

Overcoming Fear

For most of my early years, I was afraid of the dark and would not move around the house at night. Till this one day I decided to face my fear and venture into the darkness, and realized that there was nothing there in the darkness to be afraid off. On the contrary, when my eyes adjusted to the darkness, I saw the house from a new perspective.

Over the years, I've overcome a lot of my fears (funny how every one of them seemed unsurmountable at the time) and each time discovered that when I faced my fear, it disappeared and gave way to a world of possibilities. With every fear that I overcame, I also uncovered a new layer of myself.

There are still a lot of things that I'm afraid off, that are keeping me from fulfilling my potential and experiencing all that life has to offer, but I'm going to take them on, one-by-one, because fear is suffocating; it restricts my creativity.

To be creative, I have to live in the moment, and fear will not let me do that, because fear has its roots either in past experiences or future consequences. Only by living in the moment; breaking free from the past and accepting the consequences of my actions, can I create something new.