What is Fear?
- Fear is avoiding a tough conversation you need to have.
- Fear is asking for advice when you already know what to do.
- Fear is waiting for more information before acting on what you already know.
Instead of being afraid, we must be courageous. But, as you probably know by now, courage isn’t the absence of Fear; it’s the willingness to face it in spite of your feelings.” Jeff Goins
As most of you know I follow a blogger called Jeff Goins, and he regularly comes up with some pearls of wisdom. His words above could be applied to the fear of writing, or pretty much the fear of doing or facing anything.
I really liked what he said, and it immediately made me think about fear and dementia, and why I blog. Strangely, I feel born to advocate, and to write and blog, and that insight or those gifts has been given birth in part because of being diagnosed with dementia.
I tweeted this a few days ago:
“Finding the strength to overcome challenges it always the greatest challenge”.
For many, fear is the greatest challenge that holds us back from moving forward.
Blogging has helped me overcome many of my fears.
Blogging helped me overcome my fear of writing and being published.
Blogging and other writing has helped me overcome my fear of dementia, and of what is ahead of this terminal illness.
Blogging and other writing has helped me overcome my fear of criticism and critique.
Blogging and other writing has helped me build up a memory bank of my thoughts, life experiences and interactions with others, and has been and continues to be a vibrant channel of communication.
Blogging is a way of sharing and caring, for example there are many people caring for a loved on with dementia who follow this blog who tell me they find it very helpful in understanding how their loved one feels. There are also people with dementia following this blog who say they find it helpful. I feel privileged and honoured they have shared some of their own lives with me. Sharing with others also helps me overcome my fears of the onslaught of the symptoms dementia.
Fear is worth overcoming, and to have found blogging such a useful tool that helps me overcome the fear of dementia, and also offers me so many other positives is truly wonderful.
The death of fear is simply finding the courage to do what you fear!