There are some people in this world who claim to be completely absent of fear, but if they truly are absent of fear, what then enables them to…

There are some people in this world who claim to be completely absent of fear, but if they truly are absent of fear, what then enables them to survive? Fear has a dual nature: on the one hand, it is one of the most basic instincts we have as humans because fear signals us to when something is awry; but on the other hand, when fears overwhelm us, we become so afraid that we are held back in life.   As with most of everything in our lives, moderation over our fears is essential to living. It seems to me that when we take the effort to overcome our fears, the things we’re scared of aren’t as scary as time goes on.   When I first went to school I was so scared of the teachers (and of being wrong, and thus, being called stupid by my peers) that I never spoke in class; I didn’t utter a single word without trembling. I shook so much that the teacher had to pass the question onto a classmate. Eventually, with help from my teachers (who convinced me it was all right to speak up no matter what I say), I overcame that fear. I’ve become so participatory in class (most classes, anyway) that I’m beginning to think that I might be getting on people’s nerves.   Have you ever had to overcome any overwhelming fears? How did you overcome them?   – Allyson

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