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FEARS: Are you born with them or do you learn them?

Fear is described as "a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined; the feeling or condition of being afraid."

Fear can be scary, debilitating and sometimes even paralyzing. Some people are afraid of spiders, death, falling, heights, the list goes on. Fear can stop us from trying new things, stop us from seeing new places, or stop us from meeting new people. Sometimes it's ok to have a fear. For example, you may be scared to walk down a dark alley by yourself in the middle of a bad neighbourhood. This is ok, this is a healthy fear. Do the smart thing and be safe.

Fear is not ok when it stop us from reaching our dreams and living the life we were designed to live. Fear is unhealthy when it causes your body physical harm or impacts your life negatively.

Did you know though, that you are only born with 2 fears? Fear of falling and fear of loud noises? So where do all of our other fears come from? All other fears are learned from our culture and outward influences. This is great news because if you can learn fears you can unlearn them too!

If you have a fear about something don't ignore it. Admit it and face it. What if I told you all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage. 20 seconds and see what happens, you never know maybe something wonderful will come out of it. Or maybe you will see that it's really not that bad. I think for 20 seconds that risk is worth it. Give it a try!

If your fear is controlling your life in any way, please seek help.