Follow your fear...

For a long time I got really tired of hearing this statement. ""Follow your fear. Do the things that scare you…""

blah blah blah.

There is enough to contemplate in the world and I don't need one more self help idea on my plate.

And then I did it.

And then my friend's very wise 8 year old shared this thought with the world:

""Follow your fear. It leads to all things good.""

If you don't follow your fear, you allow yourself to be boxed in, you become a prisoner in your own life. Fear is indicative of the walls we've built, thus it's a compass of sorts to tell us how to escape the very places we've trapped ourselves in.

Sometimes these walls were once supportive structures that are no longer needed and the fear is actually alluding to our resistance to letting go of these ""life jackets"". What we don't realize is we are no longer out at sea but still insist on carrying around a bulky life jacket in our day to day. Seems a bit silly, doesn't it?

Do you have to follow your fear?

No. You don't have to do anything.

But if you're interested in breaking out so to speak, it's not such a bad idea to find those edges and lean into them at whatever pace works for you.