Controlling Fear

From July 9th, the day I got my wisdom tooth out.

You know what?

I learned something very valuable today:

For the past eight years I had been deathly scared about getting my wisdom teeth out. So scared–in fact–that for about a year I had these constant panic attacks, followed by impulsively asking anyone I knew what their experience was with removing their wisdom teeth. I have no idea where this fear came from, and I don’t know why I freaked out the first time the dentist told me they were coming in impacted. All I could see at the time was that there was a chance I’d have to eventually have all of them, or at least one or two removed. Intuitively, I knew I would have to get at least one removed.

Was it destiny that lower left last molar cracked on July 4th? Perhaps. If that hadn’t happened, I wouldn’t have found out I needed a root canal, & the dentist might have never told me that it there was a possibility of having to get the wisdom tooth next to it removed.

What’s my point about all of this?

Fear. It will control us.

…If we let it.

We’re all afraid of something. Be it a minor thing or a possible life changing event. Chances are that there’s something out there or in our minds that either has or does scare the shit out of us. Something we don’t want to face. Ever.

A lot of us have a fear of the unknown. In fact, The Unknown is possibly the biggest fear out there that keeps many of us from taking that leap of faith to meet our highest potential as human beings.

Today, I conquered my one of my biggest fears:

Removing a wisdom tooth.

And I am damn proud of myself for taking a chance.

I’ve never really thought of myself as ‘brave’, but the more I hear others tell me what they’ve seen me do, and the more I ‘feel the fear but do it anyway,’ the more confidence I feel within myself.

I’m not talking about a false egocentric cocky confidence to take unnecessary risks. I’m talking about having the confidence to do what feels right, regardless of what the rest of the world thinks.

Gaining confidence is a process. It’s not something that happens over night. Confidence has to be built up to, especially when one is navigating through a world full of deception, fear, & intolerance.

Today, I believed in myself just a little bit more. That’s one more step I made in helping realize my full potential in this life.

Today, I got to know myself a bit better and found out that I was capable of a lot more than I’ve given myself credit for.

Tomorrow, I am going to use what I know and take more chances. 🙂

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