Dear Fear- A Love Letter - by Stacy Firth for MotherHustle
“I feel like I’ve been listening to you for so long that I never really noticed you were there. And now that I’ve noticed, I don’t want to listen anymore.”

Hey, Fear. It’s me, Stacy.

We need to talk.

Look…you have been so awesome to me throughout my life. Remember that time I broke my leg jumping off the top of the playground?

Me neither. I never did that, because you kept me from doing it. That was really great of you.

But Fear, we have a bit of a problem. Because I’m all grown up now. And I want to do some things that are…kind of scary. That feel pretty big.

And I know you want me to keep safe, but you keep telling me that I can’t do it. That I’m too this or not enough that.

You keep making it seem like I’m destined for something smaller. That I’d be better off sitting down and shutting up.

And, honey, I know you’re just trying to help me. That you’ve only ever tried to help me. I so appreciate that. But actually, I feel like I’ve been listening to you for so long that I never really noticed you were there. And now that I’ve noticed, I don’t want to listen anymore.

I really want you to hear me, now, my dear Fear: I’ve got this under control.

I know that on the path to realizing big dreams I could face big disappointment. I know that I will need to wade out to the deep end, where I can’t feel or see or even sense the bottom. I get that there’s no lifeguard. I know it’s a risk.

But, Fear, I need to do it anyway.

I know that freaks you out, which is why I’m telling you now: I will do it anyway.

These dreams won’t kill me. I’m safe. There is nothing to be afraid of.

You can still hang around in case of grizzly bears, though.

xoxo,

Stacy

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