We’re not born with it. But we encounter it in a hurry.
We hold our breath. Paralyzed. Frozen in a moment and unable to move forward. But it’s not the jump scare from the ghouls and goblins under our beds that fuel our fear.
It’s the extraordinary intrusions on our everyday lives that terrify us most.
Take it straight from the literary icon of our time:
I don’t think there’s anything I’m not afraid of on some level. But if you mean, What are we afraid of, as humans? Chaos. The outsider. We’re afraid of change. We’re afraid of disruption, and that is what I’m interested in.
The mob that stormed the capitol feared the truth. They lost and change was inevitable. That’s the thing about the mob, it’s a great place to hide from the truth.
But head in the sand is rarely a good long term strategy, as many leaders can attest.
We’ve certainly entered an era of extraordinary intrusions on our ordinary lives. And that’ll be with us for the foreseeable future.
Feel the fear. For sure.
But consider that the thing you might actually be afraid of is an internal emotion, not an external threat. And it’s the first step at managing through a world that seems scary at every turn.