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Fear. That Powerful Mother You Know What-er.

August 20, 2012

Fear is a  powerful motherf*cker.

Things I am scared of right now: forgetting the sound of my father’s voice, how long his legs were, what he smelled like. Not being smart enough. Going completely deaf. My mom dying. My friend’s baby dying before I get there next week. Never having a baby of my own. Having a baby of my own. Running out of things to say.

To name a few.

I’ve been taught that to say your fears out loud is sort of like wishing for them to happen. I don’t know about that. Maybe once I write them, out here in the open, I can send them off in small rocketships with little notes inside that say things like Don’t Come Back or You’re Not Welcome Here. 

I remember in high school at our football games in the snow, people would hold up signs for the other teams that said Go Home! Maybe I could do that for my fears.

By addressing them, I get respect from them.

Why should our fears control us? It’s absurd. These invisible thought thieves get to tell me what to feel?

Why now? Why the haunting?

So I take them down one by one with a BB gun out in the woods on a dark snowy night. Why shouldn’t it be a dark snowy night in the woods? Most fears are imagined so why shouldn’t I imagine a fitting scenario for me to kill my fears.

I will line them up like soda cans on a ledge and shoot them. One by one.

They will fall over, in a heap, crumpled on the snow and I will bury them before they bury me.

I am the human after all. They are the invaders, the aliens, the robbers, the tin cans.

By saying what I am scared of I become more human. What else could I ever want?

Can’t you see more of you in me when I tell you what I am scared of? And when we see ourselves in each other isn’t that what makes us feel connected?

When we realize that we all share the same human experience, that yes the details vary, but the overall experience of being a human being, right here and now, is the same, we inch closer to our true selves. Our true selves aren’t our fears about gaining weight or what people think about us. Our true self is the part of us that can stay up all night and write, or can love someone else unabashedly, or can be a mother, or a father and have it be the best thing we have ever done in our lives. Our true self is that which doesn’t listen to hearsay and gossip or nay sayers. Our true self listens to the things that make us dance and be silly or want to sit on the beach alone and watch the sun set into a miracle.

Our true self doesn’t worry if we travel too much then we will lose our teaching gigs at home or if we gain 5 pounds then we will look like a failure or that we don’t know that much about politics or can’t balance in a handstand in the center of the room.

Our true self is fearless.

I know that I have forgotten this often.

We are fearless. We are born screaming just who we are without giving a sh*t what anyone thinks of us. That moment is the beginning of our true self expression.

I can’t remember much about that era of my life. (Can you?) But I know that I was not scared to ask for what I needed. I was not scared someone didn’t like me or I wasn’t good enough.

All I am saying here is that fear is a powerful motherf*cker. If you let it, as I have done time and time again, it will take over your body like a ninja and you won’t even know it’s happened. You will sit on your chair in a corner of your room and not even realize you have been invaded until you realize you are attracting all the things you don’t want into your life like a cheap magnet you bought in Montana.

So, say what they are. Say them out loud and then send them out in boats and ships, in whatever way you can. Shoot them if you must. Do what it takes to to inhabit the body you live in rather than the fear who has slipped into you like it had been there all along.

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  • Reply Daily Downward Dog (@downwarddog) August 21, 2012 at 5:17 am

    I had a little fear fest over the past few weeks – and since have promptly kicked my fears in the ass and told them to hit the road. Thanks for this little reminder and inspiration this morning to keep those fears at bay!

  • Reply kristine ryan August 21, 2012 at 6:03 am

    LOVE, LOVE reading your posts!!! I swear we are of the same mold 😉 You are truly an inspiration!!!

  • Reply kristineryan August 21, 2012 at 6:05 am

    LOVE, LOVE reading your posts! I swear we are of the same mold 😉 You are truly an inspiration!

  • Reply Chelle aka Writer Yogi August 21, 2012 at 6:16 am

    This is going to be really hard but I am going to try it. Saying my fears out loud is scary in itself. Its admitting openly what is there and there is no denying anything. I agree, by sharing in this way does make a better connection, make us more human. I Loooooove how human you are! We all appreciate you.

  • Reply Respect the Rays August 21, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I fucking HATE fear…it’s such an obstacle, an enemy, a hater…and I do think outing our fears HAS TO help in some way. So, here are mine just for today… I feared going to my doc appointment this morning, I fear getting the results back from the doc, I fear not being smart enough, good enough, I fear never getting back to yoga, I fear having 2 kids in high school, I fear time’s speed, I fear getting back to routine, I fear my fears…I basically fear all things out of my control.
    OK, I feel better now.
    Thank you JP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Reply Nikki Murray August 21, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    My biggest effing fear is dying of cancer and
    Leaving my daughter behind. So FUCK cancer.

    • Reply Respect the Rays August 21, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      I feel the same way!!!! FUCK CANCER!

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