Today I did something that I’ve always wanted to do. I did blackout poetry. I know that it’s a super trendy, hipster thing to do, but I have always wanted to give it a go. And today I got the opportunity to do that. So, the very first blackout poem I ever created reads:
We may like to believe our fears but most of these have turned out to be false alarms.
If I do say so myself, I really like it. And I’ll tell you why. Here’s why: fear has been quite a thing for me lately. I’ve had lots of experience with it. Obviously fear has its time and place in our lives. Fear is important for a number of reasons.
But I think that more often than not, fear gets in our way. Fear stops us from doing what we know is right, what we know we need to do. It stops us from being happy in the moment. It stops us from all kinds of things that it shouldn’t stop us from.
And even though that is a battle that we all fight in our lives, and definitely more than once, I think it’s important to remember that we don’t have to be ruled by that fear. In fact, there are a lot of emotions we don’t have to be ruled by. As somebody who feels emotions on a level that isn’t even possible to describe, I will be the first to say that I am very, very, very often ruled by my emotions. I let them control me ALL THE TIME. It is something that I’ve wanted to get better at because emotions can be so fickle. It is something that I’m trying to overcome. I’m working on still feeling my emotions, but not letting them wreak havoc on the things that I know when moments of anxiety attack me.
I do my best to distinguish between real fear and false fear. Between the fear that is meant to help me and fear that is trying to hold me back. And if I am being completely honest, most of the fear in my life recently has been the latter. And even though that isn’t an easy thing to put aside, especially at the moment you are feeling it, the best thing to do is remember that it isn’t the good kind of fear. It’s the wrong type of fear. And even though it feels incredibly real, and it’s scary, and it makes you want to do all kinds of crazy things: don’t. Let is pass. Remember what you really know, underneath all of that false fear.
Remember that these fears are just false alarms.