As a kid, I always shared a room with my younger sister.
When I finally had my own room I was excited to have my own bed. It wasn't until I was alone one night that I realized I was scared to be by myself. I was that kid who thought there were monsters in the closet, under my bed, & waiting right outside my door. As I got older, the monsters disappeared. They were no longer crowding in my closet or under my bed. They were in my head.
There wasn't a war I couldn't face on my own. I had every weapon in my arsenal & used them to my advantage. In my mind I could strike fear, pain, and sadness dead. But as old monsters died, new ones came to life. And much stronger I might add. Suddenly I found myself facing battles I no longer could win. The monsters weren't just in my head anymore. They were all around me.
I stopped fighting my battles. I told myself I couldn't win anymore. There were plenty of days when I waved my white flag hoping it would all just stop already. I was exhausted. And yet, here I am. I can't help but think it's because part of me, even though I was unaware of it, was still fighting.
The take away? We all have fears. The truth is, they never go away. But becoming fearless isn't the point. That's nearly impossible. The goal is to be in CONTROL of your fear. Learn how to free yourself from it. Everyday is going to be a new challenge. Fears will come in all shapes & sizes. Sometimes they'll even be disguised as the people we love the most or the things we love the most. There's always going to be enough strength in you to overcome anything. If you tell yourself your fears will defeat you, then you're right.
My fears are no match for me. I may not have many weapons anymore, but with the few I have left I certainly know what I'm doing. It's time to stop being afraid of what could go wrong. Be brave. Be relentless. Fears you don't face will become your limits. And whoever you are, dealing with monsters under your bed or inside your head, stand your ground. Imagine the things you'll accomplish when monsters are no longer in your way.