Fear is a funny thing. I find that most of the time it disguises itself as an excuse.
"I'm not ready. I wasn't prepared. I am too overwhelmed. This is just too much. I don't like this."
When what I really mean is, "I'm afraid."
I'm afraid that I can't. I'm afraid that I don't know enough. I'm afraid that I will embarrass myself. I'm afraid that I won't be understood. I'm afraid of being criticized. I'm afraid that I will fail.
And so, I don't.
I don't start. I don't take risks. I don't build relationships. I don't take action.
Most days I still can't face my fears. Right now I work around them, but at least I know they're there.
And one day I will be strong enough to face them and knowing that one day I will be strong enough to face them makes me feel stronger already.