I want to stop being so damn scared. How do I be brave? How do I choose something to be brave about? I want to escape.
Hey you brave human,
Let me just be the first to tell you that you are brave. You are brave because you recognize you need a change, that you can’t keep being scared. Coming to terms with that takes bravery on its own. So many people get so comfortable in their fear, they wear it like a safety blanket so they don’t have to confront anything new or acknowledge that the way they’re living is destructive. They’re too scared to even admit they’re scared, so they dress up their fear as all sorts of other ugly things like judgement and criticism and anger. They use these things as weapons for their fear. It’s their way of trying to make other people just as scared as they are. But it never works, it always backfires. The only way to defeat fear is to defeat it.
And you are.
Your fear doesn’t make you weak, masking it does. Openly shouting out, “I’m terrified and I don’t know what to do”- that is what makes you strong. Surrendering what you don’t know, that is what makes you strong.
Do this for no one but yourself, choose you to be brave about. Be brave about loving yourself. Be brave about walking into a room filled with people and not having a second thought about who is looking. Be brave about admitting you are scared, we all are. Be brave about actively choosing to be brave. That’s all it takes.
I’m proud of you.