I Don’t Have a ‘Fearless Fantasy’

“Would your life be better or worse if you were incapable of feeling fear?” I was recently asked this question. So, like always, I’m writing a blog about it. Here is my answer…

“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up” (Divergent). In my opinion, a life without fear would be bland.

There are a lot of people (and animals) that I love. Sometimes, in the hustle-and-bustle of everyday life we forget to tell people how much they mean to us. It is a combination of thankfulness and fear of loss that reminds me to say “I love you”.

Fear of not reaching a student motivates me to be a more effective teacher daily. The fear that I didn’t differentiate enough (give a student the tools they need to succeed), fear that I didn’t reach out enough, or notice a child in need, and the fear that I’m not making a real difference fuels my fire every day.

Adrenaline; fear is a key ingredient. I don’t fear losing. I fear being unprepared for an obstacle. I fear looking back and realizing that I didn’t give something everything that I had to give. This fear makes me a better coach and competitor.

Without fear I would burn my mouth on my morning coffee, drive too fast, procrastinate, and walk my dog without a leash. So, yes. I’ll keep my fears.

A life without fear wouldn’t necessary be easer or harder, but it sure would be a lot less interesting.

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