What's on the other side of fear?

What's on the other side of fear?

By definition, fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm. It is often used as an excuse, holding us back from difficult experiences.

Fear keeps a person in their comfort zone. Being sheltered from any sort of pain and hurt, people do not see the necessity to go out and face the world. Their comfort zone feels like home.

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Even though fear is a natural part of life, it limits a person’s actions and experiences to what is comfortable, familiar and “safe.”

The original The Scream painting, one of the most recognized artworks depicting fear, by Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch. Credit: The Guardian

The original The Scream painting, one of the most recognized artworks depicting fear, by Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch. Credit: The Guardian

Soon enough, it becomes this constant feeling that pushes away happiness and pleasure. Instead of living the life they want, people eventually live the easy life without risk, a life that fear has caused.

Most of us have heard the quote, “Everything you ever wanted is on the other side of fear.” Happiness, love, success, and life-changing experiences are all on the other side of fear, and not everyone has the tolerance or the courage to get to them.

It takes sadness to know happiness. It takes a broken heart to find love. It takes failure to get to success. This is what we fear: the unknown.

Anything that is worth doing generates fear. If there is no challenge, life would be meaningless and unworthy.

The secret is to move past the fears and take control over life. Having positive thoughts and boosting one’s self confidence is one of the greatest ways to overcome fear, as well as surrounding oneself with positive people who believe in you and in your abilities to be better.

It is not about fighting fears, but rather facing, understanding and eventually letting go of them.

If there is no challenge, life would be meaningless and unworthy. Credit: Hongkiat.com

If there is no challenge, life would be meaningless and unworthy. Credit: Hongkiat.com

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