Fearless-(adjective) not afraid, very brave, free of fear
I can not say that I have lived the past thirty-three years completely fearless. Some may say that I am fearless with some of the things that I have been able to accomplish, but I wish to be fearless every day of my life. That is my word of the day. What ever you do in life, do it with fearless wonder is what I always tell my kids. Do things in this life that people will admire you for taking a step forward and taking a risk that they did not feel comfortable taking. Sometimes, you have to take those steps alone. I think of people who have gone before us and have taken steps to be fearless. My children are fearless. They get up everyday. Sometimes they recognize their limitations and they still get up and get moving. They love fearlessly, they love in a way that is absent of expectation. I love my children to pieces because they teach me so many lessons about living life without worry. As I sit and type this post, I think of the struggles that we have had in our lives and I think of where we are going as a family. We are living life fearlessly in many ways, but I still some days question if I am doing what is appropriate for my children. Then one of them gives me the answer without knowing the question, yes.
Living in this world is hard sometimes. We have to face that we have moments when we just do not where our next meal is coming from, our next tank of gas, or even more present, our next job. We fear the unknown. I have been learning a great deal about myself lately and I know that I have faced the unknown and can accept it. The unknown is no longer a source of fear. Check one thing off the list. I have embarked on a journey, a self-professed journey that will take me places that I probably thought I would never see. I vision is to make friends and live fearlessly with them and through them while teaching my children that life does not stop because you are presented with a challenge or two. Life begins when you stare those challenges in the face and say, “I can do this. I can live and still feel whole.”
I love the quote above by Gandhi. “Be truthful, gentle, and fearless.” I am challenging myself to be all those things, but also to be daring. I think about what I have done in life and I have walked the halls of Congress, I have written countless articles and letters that have been published. I am raising three of God’s miracles. I am moving forward with my life and like my post from Monday stated, I am leaping. I will tell anyone in my life now, you can leap with me, or stay behind. I have no room for baggage. Where I work, I see women that are afraid to leap. They have taken steps to be safe, but they are afraid from that point in time to leap. I refuse fear from this point in time. I have done things this year that have challenged my comfort level. I have done things this year that have challenged where I thought my ability level had peaked. I know that through prayer, faith, and kindness, I can do anything that I put my mind to.
In closing, being fearless should spread like wild-fire. Being fearless should be the main event, not the caveat to your life. I will say again, I have learned a great deal about myself and as I finish this post to get up and drag myself into the gym, know that in life, we make choices and our choices can define or destroy who we are. Make good choices, make choices that you are not afraid to live through because life is meant to be lived without fear. The phrase “Be not afraid” is written in the Bible 365 times. That’s enough to read one per day for one year. But Maya Angelou put it best by saying “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” Stop that voice in your head when you say that you can from saying that you can’t. Stop those voices around you from saying you can’t. Surround yourself with people who will tell you that you can do anything that you put your mind to. Nothing in life is impossible if you put your mind and effort to it. Live fearlessly!