BeAwesome: #312 Fearless
To me, Fearless is living in spite of those things that scare you to death- Taylor Swift
One thing I enjoy about life is fear. The anticipation of not knowing what may or may not happen is something I like. I find it intriguing. It is something I learn from everyday. Through conversation with family and friends. And growing up. I believe that fear has shaped a lot of my life choices. It started at a young age. Interested in playing the piano. Trying out for baseball and basketball teams. Taking part in contest. And really putting myself out their as a person.
Stages of Fear
Kids are usually not afraid of anything (Ages 3-12)
When you are a kid it is often easy (not all of the time) to find friends or try something new. Or do something you are unsure about. You don’t really care about what others think. Quite frankly you don’t really care what your parents think either. You’d go to school dressed up as spider man or SpongBob. You’d bring a cheese and peanut butter sandwich for lunch. You’d dye your hair bright yellow if you were allowed. At this point in your life, you are unaware (most kids) of what people think of you (technically you don’t care). You just want to have fun. And try new things.
Teenagers are afraid of some things (Ages 12-19)
Being a teenager is difficult. Especially in today’s society (2013), teenagers are becoming more and more afraid to try new things. Bullying is a usual cause. Personal image. And Acceptance. Teenagers today would rather be accepted then to try something with risk involved. This is not all teenagers. But many would rather sit back and follow the crowd then take the lead themselves. Some would rather hang out with the popular group and allow someone else to take the lead. Some don’t have a group. Some just do what ever their parents say (Which is fine of course, but remember you have an opinion, and if you do not ask you will never know).
Adults are often afraid of everything (Ages 19-99)
Adult’s are afraid of fear. Why are adults so afraid to do something that involves risk. Well I think it often relates to->job, security, money and again social acceptance. Adults can easily get wrapped up into life and forget about making themselves happy. Unlike kids and teenagers adults (majority of them) have a secured profession and a variety of commitments. This means you know longer have time for fun. Or do anything you really want to do. Right? Not really. That is what we think. And we decide to let happen. Adults enjoy fear at the bare minimum. Adults allow being comfortable to affect the importance of trying something new and becoming uncomfortable.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
In conclusion we need to be more like kids. Take a risk. Or run into fear once in a while and see what happens. Learn from these experiences and enjoy them. We do not have to stop trying new things. We need to continue exploring and pushing our own buttons. You never know what you will find until we start to search. You will never learn about yourself unless you challenge the normality of you. Be more like a kid. Be Awesome.