As a human being who is terrified of many things, I often use writing to deal with some of my fears. Obviously, that’s not the same as confronting them, but it’s a start.
That being said, I’ve been too scared to write about things I should. Or I’ll beat around the bush and skirt around the issue.
I don’t always write how I really feel.
So hopefully, I’ll listen to my own advice about telling the story I’m afraid to tell. I need to share it, if not with the world then at least with myself.
Perhaps I should do the same on this blog. There are many posts I haven’t written or published because of fear.
Then again, the posts I do manage to write turn out to be some of the best.
I can’t make any specific promises because I break everything, but I can make an effort to overcome my fear. Both on the page and in real life. I encourage all of you to do the same.
It won’t be easy. In fact, that’s hard work. But I like to believe the story you’re scared to death of sharing needs to be told.
I don’t want to live in fear, and I especially don’t want to write in fear.
To be honest, I’ve been holding back. I know I can do better. So what if I fail? So what if I make mistakes? I can learn. I will grow.
I censor, I filter. Sometimes I avoid writing what I think because I worry about what others will think.
But I don’t write for others. I write for myself. I have an audience of one. That girl is hard enough to please on a good day.
I don’t want to make my life even harder because I’m afraid to write. I won’t let fear get the best of me.￼