A surprising number of comments on my blog posts refer to fear. On falling, one person wrote, “I forwarded the link to your blog to my close friend who also has MS and is too afraid to speak up about it as she fears she is going to loose more than just her health every day. Fear can be just as paralyzing.”
Huh? How does speaking out threaten health? And what does she mean by her fear of losing more than her health? I do not want to trivialize or make light of the concerns of any sick soul, but what is the deal? Is the MS Mafia watching her house? Speak out, my friend. Words are therapeutic. Express yourself and know the freedom that travels with thoughtful comments.
I am a big believer in counter-phobic behavior. Do what you fear the most. It will set you free. I covered wars for the networks when I was legally blind. Crazy, perhaps. But the act was liberating. If you are afraid of acknowledging your own MS, get over it. You freaking have the disease. Live with it. Take control.
FDR declared at his first inauguration. ““The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Or, ‘”We have nothing to fear but fear itself’” Depends on who you talk to. Ether version suggests that we should face our fears boldly and with courage, rather than a wimpy whisper before them. We should not live in fear of our fears. We should master them, and not let them master us.
That is today’s free advice. We are going out for pizza now, though I am afraid of get cheese stuck in my teeth.