The Upside of Fear

Here’s an excerpt that I find very applicable to everyday life that comes from my eventual novel. I sometimes need this reminder and remember that fear may be present, but it doesn’t mean that we need to surrender to it. The character speaking is a bullied middle schooler; this character is based on several real people, one being myself.

Izz set up the laptop on her nightstand, angling it at the bed. She took a running leap at the bed, wedging herself in between her stuffed animals. She leaned forward, and hit the record button.

“Hello, all of my wonderful viewers. This is Quickhatch here. It’s been awhile since my last video. Thank you to all of those who have subscribed to my channel.”

“Today’s topic is fear. I know I’m only in middle school, and haven’t gotten too far into that great big world. But I still feel like I know a thing or two when it comes to fear. I remember in elementary school feeling like I had to pretend to be someone different from who I really am. I felt s suffocated by trying to make all the right moves and say all the right things. Eventually I realized that I couldn’t take it anymore. The only thing holding me back was the fear of the unknown.”

“People don’t usually fear choking to death on a day to day basis, or getting into a car crash. People don’t fear that a missile will fall from the sky, or that they’ll get food poisoning. We fear the unknown, the non-routine, anything outside if our comfort zones. I feared what would happen if I truly showed myself- whether I would be accepted, whether I would be vulnerable, or whether I would be valued as a person.”

“There comes a point when you face your fear head-on and you realize….it’s an obstacle as simple as reaching the top of a precipice. Most of the hard work goes into the mental and physical preparation for the climb. As soon as I overcame my fear, it no longer existed. I realized that what I had been previously so afraid of, I was capable of doing quite easily.”

“The silver lining of fear, ladies and gentlemen, is this…courage. When you no longer deny or repress your fears, but allow yourself to accept them, you find that you have the inner strength and courage to not only prevail over your fear, but also to laugh at it in the face. So the next time you feel afraid to be yourself, think of what I just told you. Courage is just on the other side. This is Quickhatch signing off.”

Izz stopped the video. JT leaned against the dresser. He was smirking.

“What?” Izz asked.

JT smiled. “Do you ever stop to listen to yourself? I feel like I’m listening to a mini guru.”

“This is what smart sounds like,” Izz replied, seriously.

Have you ever felt like you were trapped by fear? Were you able to accept it and move forward? It’s easy to say things like this, but sometimes harder to do it.

4 thoughts on “The Upside of Fear

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    1. Thank you, I will be sure to! I have also struggled with fear and how it can stop you from taking risks or putting yourself out there. Fear is not rational, so it’s hard to rationalize it away.

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