Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do.Remember our rule of thumb: The more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it. - Steven Pressfield, The War of Art
What am I afraid to do?
This has become the most important question I ask myself.
I would’ve not done this project in the first place if I didn’t ask myself this question. Many of my most resonant pieces would not exist either.
This is why I wrote a Letter to My Younger Self. It scared me to write it. I thought it would be too personal. I was practically nauseous the day I shared it publicly. But increasingly I observed that the more something means to me, the more potent the fear. If it didn’t mean anything to me there would be no fear. So I shared it anyway and I’m glad I did. The reaction to that piece was overwhelmingly positive.
This is my biggest takeaway. I learned that fear is an illusion. It can’t be overcome but rather something you learn to dance with. And oftentimes it’s a compass pointing me in the right direction.