05/05/2014

What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

What Would You Do If You Were Not Afraid? // Sam I Am I Do

I’ve been reading Lean In, by Sheryl Sandberg, and she asks, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”  I keep thinking about it, mulling it over in my head on the subway.  It gives me anxiety; it gives me joy.  It kind of feels like falling in love.  What a liberating thought to take away the fear of financial constraint,, parents’ opinions, society’s conventions, and mostly for me – self-doubt.  As I keep thinking of the question,, the night sky comes to mind.  Many children have a fear of darkness,  Bedtime can be a struggle for some kids.  I’m sure it’s how velvety black the sky can get, and all the unknown possibilities.  I was never afraid of the dark.  I liked sleeping.  Sleep brought me vivid, surreal dreams, and it still does.  But now, maybe I’ve become afraid of the dark?  Afraid of the unknown?  I can’t tell when my core shifted, but it makes me sad and anxious.  I want to live my dreams, not just dream them.

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