Five Minute Friday - fear

Every Friday we unite for five minutes. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second-thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on fear.

I am always afraid...
Of being a mom
of being a CEO
of running an agency
of being a bride
of not being enough
for my family
or my community
or my team
or my little faces.

I walk out of the door in fear,
my voice quivers when I speak.
I do not exude confidence.
I have never walked into a room and had anyone think, "she's got this".

And my daughter,
the one that is too much like me for her own good,
she's starting down that path too.
Afraid of her ability, or her inability.
And a few weeks ago, she climbed on a bike, without training wheels,
to learn how to independently ride.
and that mom bred fear, it poured out of her.

I took her aside,
just the two of us and opened my heart.
Anna, I am afraid everyday of my life.
I walk around with it in my throat.
I feel it in every muscle and from my head to my toes.
But, here is the thing that I have learned.
My fear Anna, it makes me hungrier.
It makes me want, more.
It makes me try harder.
It makes me fight.
So, it's okay to be afraid,
it's okay to be unsure.
That's fine.
But do not let that fear paralyze you.
Do not let it stop you from trying or doing something new.
Do not let it stop you period.
Use it.
Use it to your advantage.
Use it to drive you.
Because #StrongIsTheNewPretty


  1. Ruthie Gray says:

    So good. I've always been a fearful person too. And fearful of passing that trait on to my kids. When I turned 40, I decided to give up my fear of rollercoasters and start riding them with abandon along side my young teenagers. Talk about childhood take 2!! It was one of the best choices I ever made, because we made a lot of memories together due to that one choice!
    Thank you for being real here, I enjoyed your post. Spotted you on FMF!

  2. Joanne Viola says:

    So very true. There will always be a fear in our lives. May we not let it paralyze us in any way. Wonderful reminder to let fear drive us - drive us to Him!

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