It is the day before Halloween (All Hallow’s Eve Eve?) and most people’s thoughts turn to frights! This is the season when we enjoy being scared. Of course, fears stay with us the entire year, but in the spirit of the spooky season, now is an ideal time to consider the fear that scares you the most.
Shola Richards has looked fear in the eye and blogged about it. In a post titled, Never Too Late, he shared the one thing that he fears the most. It is not snakes, vampires, the dark, or taxes, but something much simpler and profound.
I have always found it so strange when people say that they’re fearless. Let me tell you upfront that I’m not one of those people.
Just like most rationally thinking human beings, I have fears (quite a few, to be honest). And without question, this is the fear that scares me the most:
Looking back on my life and realizing that I haven’t lived fully.
How is that his greatest fear? Shola proceeds to tell us exactly why over the next few sentences.
If you are going to be afraid of something, don’t be afraid of what may happen if you decide to fully live your life and chase your dreams.
Instead, be afraid of what will happen if you decide not to fully live your life and allow the ghosts of “what might have been” to haunt you relentlessly for the rest of your days until you finally die with a pitiful whimper.
That’s freaking terrifying to me. It should be for you too.
Through this post, Shola is issuing a challenge. What plan or dream for your life is being left to gather dust on the shelf due to fear of failure or ridicule? Just as on Halloween we face illusionary frights then laugh about it afterwards, why not do the same with the fears around your goals?
Face the fear and see what happens next.
It may not be as scary as you fear.