On Fear

Several years ago I attended a photography workshop to boost my creative juices and move out of my comfort zone. It certainly did the trick, although not exactly the way I anticipated. It’s funny where you find the greatest value…not always where you expect. One of the biggest ‘takeaways’ for me was from a conversation I was having with one of my fellow students who, though a fledgling photographer, happened to be very smart. We were discussing the anxiety that comes with creating and what fuels it. He dropped this bit of wordplay on me and it has stuck with me ever since. Fear is present whenever we push ourselves into new territory—fear of failure, fear of criticism, fear of the unknown; the list is endless.  Everyone has it, some push through it, some let it paralyze them. Fear is often telling us exactly where we need to go…

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