Most people are scared of spiders. Others are afraid of clowns. Some are even afraid of vegetables. Actually scratch the last one, no-one can be afraid of vegetables. Can they?
The fear of vegetables is called ‘Lachanophobia’ and it does exist. Sounds ridiculous? Well, your “rational” fears may not be any better. Ever wonder why you’ve never liked public speaking? Have you ever wanted to approach an attractive girl or guy and couldn’t? Maybe you wanted to say something but held it in and kept quiet instead?
Fear of what others will think.
I understand if there is a bear in the classroom. Okay, I’d also shit my pants. But unless there is a bear running towards you, theoretically, nothing will really “kill” you. No matter what you do, no matter how stupid or embarrassed you may feel afterwards, you will literally walk away without a single scratch or bruise. The people that judge you and try to bring you down don’t even deserve your attention. You live life only once and you should enjoy the ride while your still on it. Don’t take the backseat and let others dictate what you can or can’t do. Set no limitations for yourself.
If you’ve ever wanted to try something but said “Oh, I wouldn’t be able to do that…” then I say you should do it even more so! Make a list of all the things you’ve always been afraid to try. Remember! This list is very different than “the things you’ve always wanted to try”. I propose you make a list specifically based on things you’re afraid to do. Whether it’s doing stand-up comedy on open-mic night at some bar, or singing your favorite song while standing on the bus, you live only once and you have to say that you’ve at least given it your best shot. Because in the last few years of your life, when you are already old and your time on this planet is nearing it’s end, you want to be able to say that you’ve given it your all. You want to be able to look back and say that you’ve done everything you wanted to do and did not hold back because of what someone might have thought about you. Become aware of your irrational fears, and then, without remorse, eliminate them one by one. The only things you should be afraid of are bears… and vegetables.