Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a real-life conversation with fear?
Over the years, I’ve actually spent more time than I’m willing to admit thinking about what Fear would actually look like if it somehow morphed into a human being. Without fail, I always ended up picturing Fear as a scary (duh), faceless, miserable, and hateful old man.
And he’s insane too–but I’m sure that you already knew that.
That’s why I need to kill this “Fear” guy once and for all, and I’m going to do it right here in this blog post.
As you can imagine, this crotchety old geezer wasn’t easy to kill off, but The Positivity Solution was more than up to the task. Below I’m letting you in on the exclusive transcript of his long-overdue death.
The Death of Fear
The Positivity Solution (Me): Today is the day when I’ll finally be able to give you the long-overdue killing that you so desperately deserve. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I’m incredibly giddy about this. <rubs hands together excitedly>
FEAR: <chuckle> Sounds like a lot of empty tough talk to me. So you’re going to kill me, huh? And how exactly are you planning to do that?
Me: Well, uh…
FEAR: Interesting. Clearly you didn’t give this much thought.
Look son, I’m untouchable. I’ve been around since the beginning of time and I’ll be here until the end of time–trust me, I’m not going anywhere. People far better than you have tried to kill me off and failed miserably. But I’ll humor you and allow you to embarrass yourself in front of your readers for a little bit because you seem like you’ve got some spunk.
Me: I hate you, you know that?
FEAR: You “hate” me? How is spreading hate positive? If anything, you should be thanking me instead of hating me.
Me: You really are insane, aren’t you? I should thank you for what, exactly?? You ruin lives constantly, you cause people to die with their hopes and dreams inside of them, and without question you’re the #1 enemy of living a meaningful life. I honestly can’t stand you.
FEAR: Oh really? If it weren’t for me, your silly ass would be running into oncoming traffic, jumping out of 3rd story windows, and juggling chainsaws just for the hell of it. Like I said earlier, you should be thanking me. Without me, you’d be dead–believe that.
Me: You don’t get any credit for any of those things, old man. I learned those lessons from common sense, not fear. Here’s what you do get credit for, though:
Because of you, it took me close to three long years before I hit the “Publish button” on my first blog post.
Because of you, I spent the majority of my adult life running from every opportunity to speak in front of an audience.
Because of you, I almost stayed at my soul-destroying job because I was scared that I wouldn’t be able to find another decent job in this economy.
My entire life you’ve always been there trying to convince me to live a small and pitiful life–and unfortunately, you’ve actually succeeded quite a few times too.
FEAR: You really don’t get it, do you? I was trying to protect you and save you from pain.
Do you remember the other blogs/business ideas you started that crashed and burned in miserable fashion? Do you remember the time when you tried to speak in front of that all-staff meeting at your company, but you were so nervous that you forgot your words and looked like an illiterate fool in front of your colleagues? Do you remember how terrible your life was for 6 months after you quit your “soul-destroying” job and you had ZERO income coming in? Do you remember how stupid you felt? Do you remember how embarrassed you were? Do you remember how much of a miserable failure everyone thought you were?
Well, I remember.
Believe me, there are plenty more examples, but I’ll spare you the torture of listing out all of your failures in front of your readers. On a “positive” note, by living in fear, you’ll never have to feel those awful feelings again.
That’s why you need to thank me, you ingrate.
Me: So, let me get this straight–in your expert opinion, it’s better to live in fear by never taking a calculated risk? You really are insane.
FEAR: You’re missing the point, again. It’s an inarguable fact that people fail in life far more often than they will ever succeed. That’s why living a comfortable, risk-free life is the only key to happiness. My job is to consistently remind people of their past failures and past pain, so that they will stay safe by doing whatever is necessary to avoid experiencing that pain again.
We actually have more in common than you might think–we both want people to live their best lives. But unlike you, I’m not asking people to invite pain, failure, and misery into their lives in order to do it. Really, who’s the insane one?
Me: The saddest thing about your spiel is that a lot of people will blindly follow your life-destroying advice, and they won’t realize the bum deal you’re selling them until they’re on their death beds full of regret and inconsolable sadness.
You are the #1 reason why people live smaller lives than the one they could experience. The examples are too numerous to mention:
So many people stay in emotionally-abusive relationships because they are too scared to leave.
So many people never set foot inside of a gym and reclaim their health because they are scared that other people may laugh at them.
So many people don’t start their dream business/blog because they are scared that they would fail in a publicly humiliating fashion.
All of this and so much more is what you have done, and you’re slowly destroying even more lives as I’m typing this. I’ve seen enough, and it’s time for me to do what I should have done a long time ago:
I’m going to kill you right here so that you’ll never ruin another person’s life ever again.
FEAR: <yawn> Yeah, yeah…whatever. I’ve heard that before. I’m tired of listening to you and your useless positivity garbage.
Look son, at the end of the day, I will control more lives and influence more behavior than your silly little blog will ever be able to do. You can share your mindless blog posts with all of your friends and family, plaster your annoying smiley face all over the internet, and tell the world about living their “best lives” until you’re blue in the face (which would be pretty hard for you), and it won’t change this obvious fact:
You can’t kill me because I can’t die.
Me: That’s where you’re wrong. I don’t need to kill you, because you’re already dead. More specifically, you were never alive to begin with.
FEAR: <nervously> Uh…excuse me?
Me: You’re like the boogeyman that a little kid believes is living under his bed. Once you shine the light on it, even a child can’t help but to realize that it was all make believe and that there was nothing there to begin with. There’s nothing to you at all, because you’re not real. You never have been and you never will be.
Your name actually says it all: Fear is nothing more than False Evidence Appearing Real. There’s nothing to be scared of because you’re just an illusion, a fraud, and a complete lie that is not worth believing in for a minute longer.
Anyone has the power to kill you forever by simply staring into your dead, lifeless eyes and finding the courage to do what scares them.
Once they do that, you no longer have any power and you’re effectively dead.
FEAR: <condescending applause> Okay, okay…so you’ve figured me out. Who cares? It doesn’t matter anyway.
Most people in this world (including you and most of your readers), believe deeply in me. They have given me control of the steering wheel of their lives, and to them–I’m very real. They’ll never find the courage to kill me because they’re too scared, too wrapped up in their cozy comfort zones, and too paralyzed by their insecurities to ever do it.
The only way that you will be able to kill me for good is to convince a world full of cowards that something positive can come from confronting their greatest fears.
Good luck with that.
Me: Thanks but I won’t need it. Your secret is out, and now it’s simply about spreading the word. You had a good run old man, but the positivity movement has already begun and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. The days of accepting a smaller life in the name of “playing it safe” is over as of today.
We’re not scared anymore.
FEAR: Yeah, we will see about that, won’t we?
One thing that I know for sure is that you can never overestimate the laziness, deep insecurities, and cowardice of the people in this world, so I like my chances of keeping my reign of terror going for a long time.
Me: Wrong again, old man. More accurately, you can never underestimate the power of a good idea–and finding the courage to overcome our fears by feeling the fear and doing it anyway is the only idea that makes any sense.
I guess that I like my chances too.
Have you allowed the insanity of fear to control your life for longer than it should? Have you broken free from your comfort zone by doing something that really scared you? Either way, jump into the comments below and make your voice heard!