Fear. What is the definition for the word fear? Fear is an emotion that can be evoked by impending danger, evil, or even pain. Fear can be in the form of concern or anxiety, even solicitude. You can regard things with fear. This word can be so many different things.
Fear. Does everyone have a fear of something? Of course, everyone fears at least one thing. It does not matter who you are, fear is a natural emotion. The real obstacle in life is overcoming your fears.
I have several fears myself. I am afraid of death. I am afraid of heights. I am afraid of the dark. I am afraid of never graduating. I am afraid of being alone for the rest of my life. I am afraid of disappointing my parents.
My fear of death came about when I was eleven years old. I lost my grandmother, Janet, at the age of fifty-seven to cancer. Right now I have a great-grandmother, who is eighty-seven, and a grandfather, who is seventy-three and in the hospital with congestive heart failure, both of whom I love very much, but my biggest fear is they will pass away tomorrow and I will never get a chance to say good-bye.
I think about eighty-five to ninety percent of all high school seniors have the fear that they will never graduate. I have this fear that I will do well in school for the first half of the year, but I will somehow mess up the second half of the year. I should not stress too much about not graduating because I know that I make good grades. I have confidence that I will walk across that stage in my cap and gown but, then again you never know.
I think that my fear of being alone for the rest of my life comes from my past relationship experiences. When it comes to finding love for me I am not the luckiest person. I always end up with someone that is sweet at the beginning of the relationship but then they end up being a jerk or they cheat on me. I do not believe it is a necessity to have someone in your life when it comes to relationship matters but it does feel nice to have someone to make you feel loved other than just having your family.
My fears of heights, the dark, and disappointing my parents are typical fears. Out of these three fears I believe the disappointment of my parents is the biggest one. My mother and father have always taught me that you cannot get something for nothing, that I have to work for what I get. I have always earned what I get. I know that my parents are proud of me when I work hard in school and in life. If I were someone who just slouches off and lets everything come to me without working for it then I would upset them. Out of everything I fear now and will forever fear I believe that nothing will ever surpass this one.
Fear. Fear is not something that you acquire but something that inside of you. No one is exempt from this emotion. Fear is natural and if you say you have no fear then you are a liar. It is okay to fear something but if you fear everything then you need to loosen up. There is nothing to fear but fear itself.
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