The Satisfying Feeling of Conquering Fears

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure,” Paulo Coelho, “The Alchemist.”

What exactly is fear, the inability to move forward because of the unknown, or is it actually the extra strength needed to keep on?

The fears people face on a daily basis vary all over the spectrum. Fears vary from the common fear of spiders and heights, to the fear of failure, unhappiness, and even love.

I don’t think anyone truly knows where fears come from or what triggers them, but what people have come to learn, is how to live with them.

We have our ways of conquering each of our fears. I, for instance, have overcome quite a couple in my short twenty-year-old life.

When I was much younger, I was terribly afraid of heights. My fear was grand, I never even learned how to climb monkey bars and have failed to do so to this day. My fear of heights also triggered a fear of rollercoasters.

However, one day I simply got tired of sitting on the sidelines while the rest of my sisters had a blast flying through the air that I finally decided to ride the Six Flags rollercoaster, Nitro, for the first time ever.

Riding that rollercoaster was one of the best experiences of my life and definitely one I will never forget.

As I grew older, my fears became a bit more serious than a ride at an amusement park. When I was sixteen, I met the one who would become my first love.

Now I was no longer afraid of heights-this time I was afraid of falling in love. I was nervous of becoming attached to someone who could walk away any minute. I was avoiding having to trust someone who could hurt me as easily as they could make me happy.

I was afraid to let someone in. I overcame that fear and what I was most afraid of happened, as I am no longer with that person. But at the end of the day, I had overcome a fear as well.

Yes, there was pain and regret, but I’d do it all over again because I am no longer afraid of love and what comes with it.

We must fall in order to get back up. Falling is part of life, and if that’s what it takes to overcome a great fear, and then let it be.

Life is all about taking risks; whether it’s trying a new type of sushi, a new hairstyle, or a new person to trust with our hearts.

The risks we take to overcome our fears shape our lives. The dreams we have for our futures and the hopes we have for our lives, they’re all achievable. There is absolutely nothing that we cannot do.

Fear, however, loves to get in the way and convince us we are not capable of making our dreams come true. Don’t let that happen to you.

Don’t hold yourself back from a magical experience, a wonderful life and a fulfilling opportunity because you’re afraid to try.

Overcoming any sort of fear is such a wonderful feeling of accomplishment. The feeling of being satisfied and facing something that could be troublesome is unexplainable.

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure,” don’t let that happen to your dreams.

Dreams are our biggest inspirations in life and they should always remain that way, don’t be afraid to go after them.

Even if we fail, how could we ever realize what success is without ever experiencing failure.

As they say, “don’t let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game,” the game itself is so much more worthwhile.