What’s Your Biggest Fear?


What’s my biggest fear?


To me when I ask this question of myself, I have to  pause. There’s lots in life that I could be fearful of.

But if I’m truly honest with myself, I suppose this question isn’t all that difficult to answer.

For me my BIGGEST fear is being irrelevant.

Perhaps finding at the end of this journey, hopefully years from now, that I somehow didn’t actually make a difference in the world. Somehow discovering that the world wasn’t a better place because I was in it.

No, this is not a pity party, but an open and honest dialogue, one that I have often with myself. A dialogue that I encourage you to have with yourself as well, if you dare.

I suppose you reach a certain age and it’s natural to look back at all that you’ve done, good and bad, and allow yourself a bit of introspective reflection. I also think it’s healthy to be somewhat disappointed or dissatisfied in what you’ve accomplished thus far. Maybe even have a tinge of regret in not living life more fully. Then of course that mental path leads you to the proverbial crossroads of today and beyond. What does the future hold from this point forward, what would you like that future to look like, and what mark would you like to leave on this world?

This epic mental game of gymnastics, at least for me, often brings up feelings of regret, self-doubt, and yes, fear. It would be easy to suppress these feelings and ignore this little flame in the pit of my stomach. You know the one that says you can do better, you can make a difference, and you can still be relevant damn’t!

I am not naive enough to think your fear is the same as mine. But whatever fear you do have for your own life, embrace it, understand it and then refuse to let it define you. Otherwise that fear will control you even if only in your own mind. And that’s how fear wins.

Just something to think about.

Ripple On!!!

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