Day 2250: I will never fear again

Yesterday, at the end of a day when I had feared many outcomes that did not come to pass, I texted my friend, Jenn:

I will never fear again.

I will never fear again making statements like that.  I have felt too much fear in my life and I fearlessly love the idea that I will never fear again.

I will never fear again sharing my photos with you.

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I will never fear again sharing details of my life with you, like these:

  • On my way to Disney World I got the results of my 23andme DNA genetic test, which said I had “less than the average tendency to be afraid of heights.”  After a life where I’ve been afraid of heights, I decided to believe that report and never fear heights again.
  • While my boyfriend Michael and I feared that he had seriously scratched up my little yellow car with an ice scraper, I was able to get most of them off by fearlessly and vigorously running my thumb over them while it was still cold as ice.  I will never fear again somebody doing damage to my car.
  • People in my group yesterday found it helpful to make lists of “Too Much” and “Too Little.”  I will never fear again suggesting an exercise in one of my groups.
  • One of my patients made me a beautiful red hat.  I will never fear again accepting a gift like that.

I will never fear again asking my readers a question like this: what do you think would happen if you decided to never fear again?

I will never fear disco or Panic! At The Disco again.

I will never fear again requesting comments for a blog post.

I will never fear again expressing my authentic feelings, including gratitude for all who helped me create this post without fear and — of course! — YOU.

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25 thoughts on “Day 2250: I will never fear again

  1. There would probably be less knitting occurring if I feared ( and worried) less. That cheery red hat would make me brave and bold.

  2. if i never feared again, i would be living life from my heart and nothing less

  3. Ahhh…a roaring post from my lionhearted friend. (((ლ(͏ ͒ • ꈊ • ͒)ლ)))

  4. I’m not afraid of heights, but I’m terrified of landing at the bottom of them, which is the difference between a rational fear and an irrational one. I used to have an irrational fear of roller coasters which I found I’d overcome the last time I rode a roller coaster. It was still scary but it was fun being scared, and I’m afraid if I never felt fear again I’d lose the thrill of accomplishment.

    • I will never fear again making this distinction: I think there is a difference between fear and the thrill of a roller coaster. At Disney World, I rode every roller coaster and thrill ride I could find. Thank you for the thrills and accomplishments of your comments, Chris.

  5. I will never again fear stopping y your always interesting blog, Ann! I’m consolidating my work time and have a little more time to read it!

  6. I need to do 23 and Me. Ancestry told me what I already knew – my paternal grandfather’s line was European Jew. What did surprise me is that it only totaled 23%. Where is that other 2 percent? I am not afraid to find out, but I am afraid it hasn’t been easy.

  7. I’m glad your day was not as scary as you thought it might be. I think a lot of us fear the worst. I know I do. Mostly things turn out better than the worst but still….having had some of the worst happen I know it’s possible, so I continue to be cautiously optimistic and scared all at the same time.

    • Even though saying, “I will never fear again” helps, I believe we have a lot in common in our approach to the world, Dawn. Never fear, I’m very glad you commented.

  8. I will embrace everything fully with an open heart … and continue to tell my brain that heights are okay, even if my body tends to get queasy. Thank you for sharing your vulnerability And COURAGE Ann. 💕🙏💕

  9. We often find what we fear doesn’t happen and that we felt fear for no reason

  10. I love your new little red hat! I think you will wear it well. I like the idea of pronouncing “I will never fear again.” You will probably notice that I said I like the “idea.” I’d love to be able to believe that’s possible, but I’ll have to think about that for a while perhaps. You do get me thinking, and I don’t fear that. 🙂

  11. Your photos and ideas are fearless, Ann.

  12. Have no fear – I am back again

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