Overcoming Fear and Becoming Fearless

I have discussed many aspects of overcoming fear on this blog over time. A simple search in the search box on the right will lead you to many posts. What is fear really though? What is being fearless? I thought I would explore these topics further. Fear has been described as many things and many acronyms are bandied about the internet. ‘False Evidence Appearing Real’, ‘Forget Everything and Run’ and ‘Face Everything and Rise’ are just three that jump to mind. These are simplistic in my opinion. Some fears are healthy. If you are walking alone and night and you hear someone following you and they stop when you stop and run when you run, then it’s a healthy reaction to be fearful. If someone comes at you with a knife fear is also a healthy reaction. It’s what happens to you when you are fearful that is more important. If fear paralyzes you then you are unable to deal with a situation. I was once trailed by a car with four guys in when I was a teen. I felt fear but instead of panicking I walked up the driveway to a random house and rang the doorbell. The car drove off and I waited until I was sure they were gone before walking the rest of the way home. I didn’t let it paralyze me or let it rule my life, however. I did continue to walk home. We lived in a generally safe area, it was before cell phones and I was too young to drive. No way was I going to let this stop me...