Fear? Really?

How would your life be different if you were incapable of feeling fear? Would your life be better or worse than it is now?

Part of me wants to say that this is an interesting topic, part of me doesn’t.

For better or worse, fear is a large part of my life. There are many types of fears.

I could easily say that I wouldn’t be alive if I didn’t have the fear of walking into a burning building or the fear of jumping out of an airplane without a parachute or of drinking a gallon of pesticide. . . .but that would be morbid.

OK, since I am alive, I guess I need to talk about the inner fears. The fear of failure, the fear of success, the fear of embarrassment, the fear of accomplishment. The fear that what I do doesn’t really matter to someone, the fear of letting down people that are counting on me, the fear of being alone, the fear of being in a room full of strangers.

Fear can be motivating, fear can be paralyzing. Fear can eat me up from the inside out or outside in. Fear can control me, fear can also alienate me.

I am told that I need to overcome my fears to become a better person, a useful member of society. But without fears what is there to overcome?

I have heard several acronyms for the word fear

F#&k Everything And Run

Face Everything And Recover

False Evidence Appearing Real

But I think I am off topic, the question was “How would my life be different if I was incapable of fear?”

Going to stick with my first answer, I’d be dead. So I will continue on trying to face my fears and see how things turn out. . . . . Anyone care to join me? 🙂

See Ya!

About joatmon14

Man in recovery from everything, looking for a little help, inspiration and direction.... Have spent the last 25 years working in big business, getting lost in all the chaos, not feeling like what I did mattered. By no means am I a professional writer nor do I even think I am that good, but it is something I love to do. Getting lost in a world of words, even for just a little while is why I started my blogs. In reality, at the age of 49 I am trying to find my voice. To find my passion. Maybe starting a little late, but better late than never. I write for me, I enjoy reading other's thoughts very much as well and look forward to the day that I can hold an extended, intelligent, meaningful conversation with YOU View all posts by joatmon14

7 responses to “Fear? Really?

  • Allison at longandluxe.com

    We are on a very similar wavelength today, my friend! Talking those good old fears of failure, etc. etc.

    I really dig your take on the situation: without fear we’d be dead. Very succinct. And it reminded me of another little idea – that we should use our fears as a compass in a way. You know “Do the thing that scares you” and that type of thing. Of course, fear of certain things is survival!

    So I’m with you and I’m glad to be in this together.

    Peace to you ~ Allison

    PS. I also love the first definitiion of fear you have there – I have always been a fan of the ACIM version of False Evidence Appearing Real but F&#k Everything And Run has a fantastic spark about it lol 🙂


    • joatmon14

      I saw your post from this morning and loved it. Funny part is that I posed this same question on Facebook (as a sort of test) and got absolutely nothing. Guess it was too deep for over there, which was what I was thinking was going to happen. It is being in Blogopolis and reading comments from people that think deeply….like you 🙂


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  • Chelle

    I’ve never thought of it like this before… ‘Fears can be motivating’ hmm you have definitely given me something to think about. I wouldn’t have anything to overcome if i didn’t have fears like you said.


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