A Letter to Ourselves Thriving In and Out of Fear

I know you. Sooner or later you’re going to wonder how and why. You’re hard on yourself but half the time you think that’s better than harm. Let me jump the gun: you’re full of fears. You hardly swim and then stay afloat for way too long. You’re sure but too comfortable. You can be aggressive and passive at the same time, it’s ironic. You easily get perplexed that you barely move. Nobody wakes you and you refuse to be awakened.

Until one day you thought of finally paddling away from the harbor. You’ve set your sails for a long overdue voyage to the outside world. Not too long after, you’ve made lapses in judgment which in turn capsized the vessel you’ve been protecting for so long. That’s when your fears you don’t even know about drowned you. You screamed and cried while circling down the vortex of your terrors. You fought and failed. You kicked and sunk deep enough for you to notice the anchor weighing you down: YOU.

That’s when you knew. You knew you have to dive deep enough to untangle the chains. You knew you have to be persistent. You knew you have to be someone greater than yourself to achieve something different and more. You’ve paddled your way up slowly but surely. That’s when you’ve finally surfaced.

You’re now determined to brave the depths, the waves, the salt and, the blazing sun with much vigor. You had been so safe in the harbor; you didn’t even know how scary and great the wilderness is. Its greatness lies within the expanse of your mind.

You can do anything, remember that. I’m not saying it’s not going to be rough but you are tough now. You know better. You want better. Dare to live better. I’ll be with you every step of the way because for a reason, I’m always a few steps ahead of you.

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