Especially this one.
The times in my life that I regret the most are those in which I let fear stop me from doing something I wanted to do or knew to be right. Fear of failure, fear of making a mistake, fear of losing face or pride, fear of humiliation or embarrassment, fear of disappointing or of disappointment. Fear of something. I have spent a lot of my life smashing through fear barriers, but what I now realise is that it’s not something that needs to be fought, claws out and swinging, or avoided, or destroyed… just acknowledged. Ok, you’re scared. Do it anyway.
Because someone wise once said, “it isn’t brave if you’re not scared.”
So I’m grateful for the clever and wise things you mutter under your breath as you stand in the wings, trying to keep your heart steady and your hands from shaking.
That’s the Bene Gesserit litany against fear up there, for the non-geeks or non-nerds. 🙂