Greetings Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights!
What is freedom? The internet says it is the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. But what exactly is the thing that hinders you from doing, speaking or thinking what you want? My answer… fear.
I used to fear growing old alone; I’m fearful of the fact that with all what is out there, there is no one. It was until I was alone that I dared to accept that it is okay to be alone – I finally learned that life is okay. It was not bad, to begin with. I still have a family, my daughter, and my friends; I was free.
Freedom is to live a fearless life. While it is true that no man is without fear, that doesn’t mean we should cower to the pursuit of freedom. It is honorable for a man to acknowledge his limits and his fears. Only a fool pretends that he is enlightened without his actual fears realized.
A fool is much worse than a coward, at least a coward is in touch with his fears. A coward acknowledges his fears, albeit cannot find himself to face it – but maybe someday he would. A fool, on the other hand, is dishonest to himself about his fears. He lies to himself about his fears, not knowing what his true fears are thus unable to embrace it. Any man who claims he fears nothing is lying and those around him would know. Remember that a coward who is aware of his fears is far more trust-worthy than any fool who isn’t aware of theirs.
Contrary to what others say, fear is a good thing as it tells you where the edge is and what to do about it. The subject of whether fear needs conquering is up for debate, I’m certain that fear must be faced. Fear must be acknowledged and be friends with, it must be looked in the eye and see its rationale. The thing about fear is that whether it is rational or irrational, it always has a reason.
I wish I could say that fear is not real, but to think so is foolish. Turning a blind eye to fear will often result to ruin, as fear is a crucial piece of our survival instinct. Like an alarm, it alerts you of any impending danger. The key here is to realize that fear is as real as it gets but at the same time assess the actual danger. There is no point to limit yourself from fear of drowning with a glass of water.
Fear is primal; face it or cower from it but never ignore it. Recognize it, acquaint yourself to it – learn to control it so it does not limit you to the life that you always wanted.
As for my loneliness, it doesn’t matter if I go on alone because I never was alone when I think about it. The important thing is to go on living and try not to be afraid of it.
There are more pressing matters in life and those are the ones I should focus on. While yes, everyone needs a companion for life. My fear while it makes sense, has no sense of impending doom to it. It is safe to say that it is a non-essential to my everyday life. But what I would say is that companionship is needed for the enrichment of our lives and must not be neglected.
Fear will always be lurking around the corner; it is within us in our sleep and every waking hour. Fear will always be there to remind you of danger, but it will also remind us to take courage. Fear will not be a reminder of our weakness, but of our strength. So, get to know your fears and embrace them like a faithful friend.
To courage and freedom…
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