Scared you, didn’t I? Okay, maybe that wasn’t so scary. There are worse – and scarier – things than that.
The fear of heights is one that is common, but there are fears that go down deeper inside of us, such as those of failure and disappointment. Then, there are the fears of new things (neophobia), criticism (enissophobia), making decisions (decidophobia), and imperfection (atelephobia). These fears are what stop us from moving forward most of the time, and since they come from us, we inadvertently become our own barriers.
While searching for the names of the phobias I just mentioned, it dawned on me that people are scared of a surprising number of strange things. There is the wide-spread arachnophobia, the fear of spiders (which I think I might have, to some extent), but there is also arachibutyrophobia, which is when the afflicted person is scared of “peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth.”
It goes without saying that everyone is afraid of something, whether it is losing something important to them, or something silly, but don’t let your fears get the best of you, because that takes the jelly out of the peanut butter of life. Fears can severely affect how we live our lives, from whether we decide to eat at a new restaurant to if we decide to go to a foreign country to further our studies.
It’s important to take chances every now and then, because we probably wouldn’t get very far if we acted on things only when we were completely positive that everything would work out perfectly. Sometimes, they don’t go as plan, but that’s just how life is.
Far from being about living in constant fear, life is about doing what the word itself tells us, which is to live. Just live, not live in fear! Cast aside your fears, and go live your life! To quote A Cinderella Story, “Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”