Living Without Fear

Nicole - Great Neck, New York
Entered on March 30, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: change, fear
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I believe in living life without fear so you don’t miss out on the good things that come your way. When I was younger, I was extremely shy. I didn’t talk a lot and mainly it was because I was afraid to say the wrong things. Instead of choosing for myself, I would have choices made for me. When I went to my friends houses, if their parents tried talking to me I wouldn’t answer. When I was on a softball team, it was hard to teach me because I wouldn’t respond. I didn’t have as many friends as I do now because there weren’t many people I would talk to. Of course I still spoke to the teacher and my other classmates but it wasn’t the same as actually conversing with someone. Sometimes, I felt left out because everyone were with several friends at recess and I was usually only with one person. I just couldn’t help myself by not talking. As I got a little older I made more friends but I was still very shy. One day my mom told me, “Never let the fear of striking out stop you from playing the game.” I didn’t know what she meant at first but I’ll never forget it. The quote is compared to a baseball game. It means that don’t be afraid to strike out because then you won’t be able to have fun and play the game. Compared to real life, its telling us that if you are scared or have fear, you’ll never have fun doing what you want to do. From that day on I did so much more. I’ve performed on stage in school plays singing and dancing. When I speak my mind I’m not afraid to say what I feel because I’m now aggressive. I have been able to grow and explore new avenues such as being enthusiastic and enjoying myself when I play sports such as field hockey, fencing and lacrosse. Being assertive in school with my friends and being the one in charge is the person I’ve become. I feel very optimistic and I’m vivacious all during the day. With this new attitude, I’ve accomplished so much more and I’m proud of myself for changing for the better and living without fear.