Life Lesson: Face Your Fears

Life Lesson: Face Your Fears

We have a daughter. A brilliant girl who loves to express herself, lead others and share perspective to help others. She is more aware than most adults I know and she loves to write about what she sees and learns. We plan to write a book together in the near future so this is her start, her ‘coming into the light’.

I’m going to chronicle her a bit. In between academics, sports, family and friends. She will write when she’s inspired, when she’s learned a lesson or just because. I urge you to pass her thoughts along to your kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews as she will bring great perspective and food for thought.

She is a lighthouse, a beacon for many and will eventually be for millions. She just doesn’t know it yet.

Here is her first entry:
“Life is like a roller-coaster. It has its ups and downs. It’s thrills and terrors, and every once in a while, it just randomly breaks down” – Unknown

One of my biggest fears (besides snakes) is roller-coasters. As I was preparing for a presentation last week, I realized that the fears we have relate to our life in some way.

Being stuck on a roller-coaster is like being in a situation in life where there is no exit or way out. You’re stuck on the ride until it ends. This quote reminds me of how a simple fear can actually symbolize a part of your life without even knowing. Everyone has their own fears and dislikes. It’s just a matter of making the best out of every situation and knowing that in order to overcome something, you may need to find a way to get over the hump (even if that may not be comfortable).  Roller-coasters are my fear, but in reality it means much more, more about life. There are always benefits to every fear (like eating the fair food!), it’s just a matter of being aware and moving through it even if it’s scary. When I’m scared, I ask myself this question, “What is the worst thing that could happen?”

“Life is like a roller-coaster. It has its ups and downs. It’s thrills and terrors, and every once in awhile it just randomly breaks down”.

Face your fears and look for the positives to come from it. I will report back after this summer, even if I only make it on a little kid ride!

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