~~You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.....do the thing you think you cannot do.~~ Eleanor Roosevelt
I know a lovely woman who had her first child when she was 17 years old. By the age of 27, she had a total of 6 darling children but no job skills, no HS diploma or GED, and very little knowledge of the world. She blossomed into a gracious, lovely butterfly in her late 30s as she obtained her GED, travelled as a coordinator for an exchange student program, went to college, and became a strong community leader. She now has her teaching degree and lives knowing she can do anything. No fears there :)
I am by no means a gracious, lovely butterfly....but I am ok with that. I have faced many, many fears including the fear of failing when I quit smoking. I no longer fear failure because it finally dawned on me that I didn't have to fail.
You truly do gain strength, courage, and confidence by looking fear in the face. It always backs down, you see. You are so much more than any fear you have. So do the thing you think you cannot do and look fear in the face!! I'm willing to hold your hand if you need me to :)
I am proud that I continued on during those times I was afraid. I am proud of the fact that I quit smoking and didn't fail. And I am proud that I really don't have any fears anymore. I can live this life...day by day. Dancing a bit (it doesn't matter who's watching), reaching out to others (it doesn't matter who smacks you away), and always trying my best to be kind (everyone on earth deserves a bit of kindness).
May we all find peace and serenity today...even if its just for a moment in time.