Why Fear Will Never Leave You (Unless You Do this One Thing)“Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.” – Joseph Campbell Can you jump up and follow your bliss after reading this quote? I used to feel even more fearful after reading quotes like this. Why weren’t the quotes catapulting me to a blissful life, happily ever after? What was blocking me? One day after reading the above quote about not being afraid, I realized I wanted to be fearless once and for all. I had enough. What was going on here? What was I so afraid of anyway? I felt like I was living my life on a leash, and it was time to figure this out, so here is what I did. I took 30 seconds to identify my fear. I looked into my own eyes in the mirror. What or who was I so afraid of? The answer came right to me. It was 6 ft. 2, boss-of-the-house Dad. I felt like a prisoner of an energy that was lingering around me far too long. “Children should be seen and not heard, look like a perfect young lady when you leave the house. Spare the rod and spoil the child. Don’t shame the family name. Homework? Your job is to help your mother with your siblings”. Harry Potter had the invisibility cloak. I wore the cloak of fear. So here was adult me, living small and fearful in the corner of my mind, afraid he would get mad at me and he wasn’t even alive anymore. The way I dressed, still putting everyone ahead of me, the way I viewed myself in general was in no way leading to following my bliss. So when this Joseph Campbell quote says ‘Follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open…’

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