According to a dictionary, fear is to avoid or put off doing something because one is afraid.

To me, I think that is the most accurate definition because it rightfully puts the role of fear in our lives into perspective.

How many opportunities have we allowed to pass by us because of fear? How many times have we said “no” to what could turn out to be the most extraordinary of our lives, because of fear? Is it because when we are fearful, we let circumstances dictate our actions?

Scientists would explain fear is caused by a series of reactions in the brain that are triggered by a stressful stimulus. I don’t believe fear can be fully explained through scientific means, I’m sure there is a more psychological sense to it. Now, why does fear exist? What is the purpose of fear? “Fear exist in our life for us to overcome. Fear exist to allow us to grow.” 

For me, fear is what I feel when I am under the notion of not believing I am fulfilling my potential or when I discern myself as being insignificant. However, it is that fear that serves as a driven force, it is that of which propels me towards growing out of the walls I am confined within. It assembles my weaknesses into strengths, my goals into plans.

It has come to my realization that I don’t want to be bound by fear. I want to make sure that the choices I make are based upon the depths of my desire to achieve greatness. I want my choices to be made out of pure confidence and built upon my own aspirations. I don’t want to be subordinate to my fear, allowing it to influence me in altering my choices in order to avoid doing something I think I am not able to do.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” -Nelson Mandela

Lots of love,



One comment

  1. Thank you Michelle for this really inspiring post that talks about the fear we all have inside of us. I’m so glad that it’s being acknowledged and how you talked about not being subordinate (awesome word choice by the way, your writing is so eloquent) to our fears when we could be striving to achieve something greater than ourselves.

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