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The mere sight of the word makes most of us wince.

We associate fear, with the anxiety experienced in the face of imminent or immediate danger, but that is not entirely correct. Fear can be extremely general, like a fear of public speaking or even a fear of heights.

To fear is natural, to see past it is heroic. It is a normal additive to life, symbolizing that there are new, often extraordinary things to come, to face.

Fear will tell you that you aren’t good enough. It’ll tell you that you will never shine. And the worst part of it all?

Most of the time, you will let it consume you. And you believe it.

You believe it when it tells you that someone else’s best will always be better than yours.

You believe it when it tells you that you will be judged if you showcase your ability to the world.

It shuts you down when you need to wake you up. It heightens all your insecurities when you need to kill them.

And before you know it, you are held captive by the demons inside of you, the demons that it gave birth to. So what do you do? You just keep on fighting.

Fight, even if you have to leave the beautiful, dark world it has created for you, even if you have to say goodbye to fear itself.

– Akansha Gupta


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