― Will Smith
Fear is the silent killer of the soul.
Fear is what quenches the roaring furnace that is your passion.
When fear is allowed to take hold and determine the choices you make in life, then you have effectively stopped changing, stopped experiencing, you are just a mass of bones and blood walking around, not realizing it has expired.
Of course we all need fear, and must respect why our minds create it in the first place, there are lessons to be learnt from fear. But they must be controlled, thought over and sometimes stepped over.
Our animal instincts drive us to do many things that no longer make sense in the modern world. And many people allow their imagination to run rampant, creating fantasies of what could be and using that as an excuse for not trying anything at all.
This is madness. Allowing the possibility of something happening to stop you from experiencing life is disrespectful to yourself. It is through the action of pushing past fear of the unknown that we learn about ourselves and the world we live in, how we strengthen our minds and bodies and shift our perspectives.
It is imperative. And it is something that our society is destroying more and more as we are overcome by fear. Fear that we are creating through media and a life lived hiding away in our rooms, experiencing life through screens instead of being present in nature and in the world.
Being present in the world is painful. It is visceral. The world will lay you open like a book, tearing you down and spitting you back out. This is terrifying, and it should be. And you should get off your ass now and throw yourself into its maw.
Or dig your grave and lay in it. Whatever works for you.