But when I asked myself, the list was looooooong. I am afraid of death, pain, being old and alone, failing, zombies, ax murderers, clowns, balloons, being poor, death of loved ones, losing my mind, being hit by cars, being bitten by (insert all animals here - dogs, alligators, lions, snapping turtles, snakes, rats...), tripping while wearing heels, forgetting a speech, messing up a class, embarrassment, being lost, being boring, needles (oh yeah, I faint when someone removes a splinter for pete's sake), betrayal, confrontation, conflict, war, palmetto bugs, heights and losing love, for starters.
Now for sure some of these fears are long shots. I don't stress out about potential lion bites every day of the week. Clearly though, fear is a major part of the human condition, and I am no exception. But fear is nearly always a state of anticipating something that hasn't even happened. Living in a hypothetical future. Not being present. And fear can become a rut or a pattern we fall into and have trouble getting out of. And the first step in getting out of a rut is being aware that you are in one. :)
With that in mind, I will march out into the world today, determined to find a new groove. And perhaps tame a lion or two along the way.
Jen Walls and her imaJENation