“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” – Anais Nin
Only when we expose ourself to our fears can we finally face and conquer the bully that holds us back from pursuing a life of greater significance.
For too many of my adult years I lived and pursued the safest routes. I said “yes” when I should have said “no,” and I stayed when I should have left. I stuck to the paved roads and held tight to the guardrail. I limited my experiences and my opportunities because of fear. Fear is very big bully.
I finally decided that safe wasn’t enough and began making new decisions – like finishing my college degree, and applying for a job that was (according to my bully) out of my league, and recently, leaving an unhealthy relationship that has defined my life for over 30 years.
Over the years I’ve had to face myself and the bully many times, and I will yet still, but with every thrust out of my comfort zone, I grow bolder and the bully’s relentless taunts are silenced.