Overcoming Fear

Brittany - Faribault, Minnesota
Entered on April 30, 2009
Age Group: Under 18
Themes: fear
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First, I must say that I believe fear is good. Without fear, there would not be as much excitement or control in the world. Fear can be used in many good ways; it can create determination and perseverance. The worst part about fear is that it commonly creates negative feelings, such as weakness and pain rather than the feelings that make us strive. That is why I believe in facing my fears.

I know that I need to be in control of my fears, and not be controlled by them; so I try my hardest to face them. I know there are some I cannot fully overcome, but I meet it halfway. Take for instance my small fear of spiders; a common fear. When I was little, I saw one measly spider, and all self-control flew out the window and I ran. I realized I had to get over it because there were just too many of those eight-legged little creatures running around. So, along came a spider and sat down beside her and I did not run away. I let the little thing crawl on me with my eyes closed tight and my hair standing on end. After that, I still was slightly afraid, but I was in control. No more screaming and no more running. As I get older, it gets better and better. Some things take time to get over. Fear can be one of them, but the most important step is control.

There are fears that I constantly face everyday that I never would want to get rid of because they are the healthy fears that give me determination to accomplish things that need to be done. For example, the fears that push me to finish my homework, like fear of my grades slipping, or of disappointing my teachers and parents.

In addition, there is the fear of disappointing myself. This fear is the one I need the most. It is what created the determination to write this essay. I believe facing my fears is the perfect way to live without regret and with freedom. As I said before, without fear there would be no excitement in life. For example, in sky diving, there is always that fear before you jump that your parachute won’t work. However, the best way to overcome this is to face it, and jump. I think without the fear that twists your stomach before you jump there really would not be excitement in it, because you would not have the adrenalin rush that fear would create once you jumped.

I believe facing my fears equals freedom, but if there were no fears to overcome, life would be too bland. Fear is important in life whether I use them to push myself to do what is right or overcoming them to maintain control; all I have to do is take the jump.