Fear of the dark

During the month of January, I will be posting (tentatively) one post every day as part of the #bloganuary challenge
Today’s Prompt: What fear have you conquered?

Nope, I was not afraid of the dark, not even as a kid. I was just listening to this song when I checked my email and saw today’s prompt. So I thought it was appropriate because, you know, I don’t like to think about titles for my posts. Remember the whole Day 9 – Because I’m tired of thinking about a good title situation?

My parents always made clear that the only thing I had to fear about the dark was hitting a wall. And as a kid, I always liked the “monsters”. The cuca, Darth Vader… So I never had a problem with the dark. Or heights, or small spaces, or spiders…

But, as an adult, a whole different kind of fear comes to mind, right? Failure, maybe? It’s not a paralyzing fear. It does not stop me from doing what I want to do. Move to another country, switch careers, travel the world by myself…

So, even though it’s always here, this fear of not getting there (wherever there is) I think I have conquered it since I don’t let it stop me.

There’s a quote I like a lot:

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela

This whole switching careers experience, even though is not new, it has been by far the most difficult. I’ve done that before, but the learning curve was never that steep. The fear of failure is constant (and also a recurring subject in my therapy) but I am determined to make it work, despite the feeling I might not make it this time. I have learned more about myself in the past year than ever before. So I will take that as win and also as a conquered fear 😀

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