I’ll admit it, I’ve been a coward.
I’ve run from dangers both real and imagined. I’ve refused challenges, told myself it wasn’t worth it, and given up on golden opportunities.
Because I didn’t want to jeopardize my self concept or my bodily self.
I’ve realized something.
Running from those scary things, refusing to learn to master my fear, and turning away from those challenges have jeopardized me and my self concept more than those activities ever could have.
So one challenge at a time, I try to turn into the face of fear and tell it “you are not my master, you are the product of my self and I am your master.” I look into the monster’s eyes until it disappears. Then I am free.
Sometimes I succeed. Sometimes I fail. But now, I try.