One, tonight, I am going to write about facing your fears. And two, it is currently 1 am. Dani and I are on winter break at the moment, but the clock is ticking. We have approximately 3 days left. We are determined to use this precious time wisely, and staying up late writing is a very good use of my time.
So let’s get to it. I want to start off by asking you, what’s your demon? Everyone has one, so don’t even give me that bull. Whether it’s riding a bike for the first time, working up the nerve to start a conversation with the cute boy in class, or telling your boss to cool his roll, everyone has a demon. Some are more severe than others, some peoples’ demons are pure evil and torture them relentlessly until they finally face them. Some demons are simply something that can be overcome when peace of mind is reached. But overall, the demons all have something in common. They feed off of your fears and drive you bonkers if you don’t give them attention.
I have a few demons, I’ll give you that. I’m going to share one of them with you. One of my biggest fears are snakes. I absolutely cannot stand them. They scare the living death out of me. I can barely look at the picture above, and I get goosebumps up my spine sitting here now just thinking about them. I have even woken my family up with my screams from nightmares about them.
We went to the zoo today, and of course, there are ginormous, monstrous snakes there. My brothers and friends are aware of my fear, and they took every opportunity they could to make me cringe. They pulled the classic, “Maddie there’s a snake on the ground!” and point two feet in front of me as we were walking through a dark exhibit. Needless to say, I ended up closing my eyes for most of the reptile parts of the zoo. Now I sit here at 1:30 am and think to myself, “What if I missed something cool because I had my eyes shut?” And another part of me thinks, “Who cares, dude. Go watch the Animal Planet, that makes up for any disgusting snake you missed today.” I’m going to make a metaphor out of this, so prepare yourselves. I do not want to miss out on sights, people, or opportunities because I looked away. That is no way to live life.
My best guy friend (who also happens to be my boyfriend), is a bit of a daredevil. He pulls these insane stunts that make me and my mother hold our breath and cover our eyes. Back flips off the couch, 12 o’clock wheelies on a dirt bike, and drifting in his big red Chevy are just a few examples. That boy is not afraid of pain. He likes to say, “If it’s still attached to your body, it’ll be fine.” Something else I’ve learned from him is this:
“The brave don’t live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all.”
Now I am certainly not saying to go do a back flip or something stupid and end up with an injury. But don’t be afraid to. Consider it at least, it’s a start. Face your demon. Stand up tall, look it in the eye, and show it who’s boss. Don’t live your life with closed eyes. (Unless there happens to be a 15 foot snake separated from you by only an inch of glass. I won’t judge you if you close your eyes then.)
-Yours truly, Maddie