Dear Fear

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Dear Fear of Mine,

You were not always part of my life. 
When I was a little girl, I didn’t know you. 
I climbed trees, not worried about whether I was better at it than others or not.
I slept well at night, you were not there skulking in my head.
I loved school, grades did not matter to me.
You started creeping into my life when I was in my teens.
I started to watch what I ate, wondering why the ‘baby fat’ wasn’t disappearing.
I tried to make friends with the cool people at school, thinking I’d be less lonely and unhappy.
I slogged over school work, worried that it was never good enough.
You truly waltzed in when I became an adult.

My first job in sales, I dreaded the cold calls. I didn’t want to talk to strangers selling something I didn’t believe in.
Friends around me were buying houses, settling down into marriages; I wasn’t.
You were responsible for my lack of achievement. Or so I thought. 
I realized one day, that you could be my friend, not a dreaded presence. 
You motivated me to work hard.
You made me think about all my decisions in a measured way.
You let me see my true self.
You made me determined to be the best mother possible to my son. 
Failure, thanks to you, I fear nothing now.

From a prompt from red writing hood, a letter to your fear

Alison

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  • April 25, 2011 Fi

    I loved this letter Alison. I came here via World Mom Blogs (I write there too)

    My post today on my blog was inspired by your letter so thank you for the inspiration and your honesty.

    Cheers, Fi

  • April 25, 2011 Fi

    I loved this letter Alison. I came here via World Mom Blogs (I write there too)

    My post today on my blog was inspired by your letter so thank you for the inspiration and your honesty.

    Cheers, Fi

  • April 27, 2011 Jessica

    This is so true, first fear doesnt exist then it becomes an awful thing and now its what drives me! Super cute poem!

  • April 27, 2011 Jessica

    This is so true, first fear doesnt exist then it becomes an awful thing and now its what drives me! Super cute poem!

  • April 27, 2011 Sarah

    Beautiful! I'm so glad that you don't let fear ruin you, but have turned it into something good.

  • April 27, 2011 Sarah

    Beautiful! I'm so glad that you don't let fear ruin you, but have turned it into something good.

  • Wow! That is so true! I wish I had read that letter when I was younger.

  • Wow! That is so true! I wish I had read that letter when I was younger.

  • May 1, 2011 Misfit Mommy

    Wow Alison, you really hit the nail on the head. I might print this out and tape it to the wall in my daughter's room!

  • May 1, 2011 Misfit Mommy

    Wow Alison, you really hit the nail on the head. I might print this out and tape it to the wall in my daughter's room!

  • May 1, 2011 Alison

    Thanks all for your comments! It's always encouraging when people like what you write!

  • May 1, 2011 Alison

    Thanks all for your comments! It's always encouraging when people like what you write!

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