Have you ever been afraid of something? Something so scary you can't see a way out? Is facing your fear something that you are afraid to do?
We all have fears, struggles, and obstacles to overcome. We all have weaknesses. Yet, I believe we all have that silent strength within that when given the opportunity can carry us father than we ever imagined possible.
Many times we think we are alone or that no one else can understand what it is we are going through. Chances are, we are wrong. When we get to know people, we quickly discover how much we actually have in common. It is just a matter of if you will take the time to actually build those relationships. When you do, they can change your life. They can offer you far more than you ever expected making the friendships truly priceless as they can encourage, support and build self-confidence between both members.
It has taken me many years to recognize, face and take the needed steps to change my life and the lives of my children. I was paralyzed by fear. Fear of not knowing I was good enough, or could support my family on my own, fear of not being able to face what it is I so desperately needed to face. It has been through my online relationships that I have been able to face those fears.
You can't let your fear consume you. Fear will paralyze you and we are meant to grow, flourish and become our best selves. When fear comes into your life it robs you of your best self. Steals years off of your life, takes your joy and leaves you empty, wondering "what if". That is not living. It is existing and this life is meant to be lived. We are meant to be exceptional! We are all meant to help others and to be helped.
I was faced with a decision just a couple of weeks ago. I always believed that when the time was right I would know. A window of opportunity had opened, the decision was mine to make. Would I make that step or would I remain paralyzed? I knew I had to make that change. If I didn't now I never would. There would always be a reason to keep me where I was, something holding me back, FEAR!!! Thankfully enough I had built the right relationships along the way. People who believed in me, knew I had potential and were willing to hold my hand in the process. People who were willing to help me pick up all of the pieces and move forward. I was actually amazed and overwhelmed at the support I received. It was a life changing experience.
Now, I am not going to tell you that it is not hard. It is definitely the hardest thing I have ever done. I am having my ups and downs through this but I know deep inside I made the right decision. As difficult as it is a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and the world has opened its doors inviting me to live. All this time I have I lived in the dark because of FEAR allowing it to hold me back, trap me and suck the life out of me. I can't get any of that time back but I am choosing to make the rest of my life filled with love, laughter and friendships.
I am greeting each day with open arms, embracing the possibilities and living in the moment. I am "Good Enough" and l am building a life that I can be proud of. There should never be any fear great enough that keeps you from having a life the you envision for yourself. It is not about doing it alone but about taking that step knowing others are there for you who believe you are destined for greatness. You may be the one who has to do the actual work in facing your fear but you will find that silent strength that you need. It is there, hidden within waiting for you to unleash it!!
Whatever it is, facing your fear will help you grow and be all that you were created to be!