Archive for July 8th, 2008

Fear 1.0

I jumped off a 55 foot cliff last weekend.  (Yes, there was water underneath!) I was a little hesitant at first.  Looking over the edge, my toes gripped the red, sunbathed rock.  Imagining the drop shrunk my stomach, and twisted my insides.  My heart pumped like it was hooked up to a caffeine IV.  I swallowed as the chants of my friends rang in my ears. “Jump, jump, jump.” 

Of course I jumped.  Stepping off the firm foundation of the rock and falling by choice was one of the most exhilarating, adrenaline pumping moments I’ve had in a while.  I live for moments like that. 

Then, the other day, I heard a quote that really stuck out to me.

“There are so many things to be scared of in the world, if you just learn how scary they are.”

That’s when it hit me: fear is learned. 

I really only fear two things.  Enclosed places.  And frogs.  Claustrophobia and Batrachophobia.  I don’t remember how or when, but I know these two fears were somehow learned.  Knowing that gives me hope because if something is learned, usually it can be unlearned… (more to come)

What have you learned to fear?   

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