Being Brave In The Face Of Fear

What I have come to learn over the years is that fear isn't real, it is imagined.  In the past when I was afraid, I refused to do things.  I was so shy when I was younger, I didn't know how to open up and talk to people.  I made a conscious decision when I was 25 years old to extend myself and be open.

I have to tell you, it was one of the best choices I have ever made, I can talk to anyone, anytime, anywhere.  I have met some really wonderful people by changing my fear of getting to know people.  If I had stayed in my comfort zone, I would have missed some really amazing friendships.

For a number of years, too many for me to even think of.  I was terrified to let myself love again.  When I was 23, I had fallen in love and when it ended, I stayed in my shell, refusing to take a chance with anyone else.  The pain of losing that so called love was too difficult.  I finally took a chance to love again and it was more amazing than I had ever believed. It has taught me that I always need to be open, no matter the pain that can come from it.

I know that I will have fears in the future that I will overcome but I have learned from my past experiences that although it is difficult to overcome my fears, it is NOT impossible.  Nothing is impossible, I just have to keep my mind open, take a deep breath and exhale... I am strong, I can handle what comes my way.  I am not just a survivor, I am a woman who thrives and grows from challenges.

I have noticed many people who have let the hardships and challenges of life bring them down.  Life is not about just surviving, it is about enjoying yourself and being happy.  The quicker we learn this, the happier we can be. 

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