If You Can’t Beat the Fear, Then Do it Scared

Is fear real? Or could it just be a figment of our imagination?

Edited by: Farida Samer

Photo by : Salma montasser

  • “If you can’t beat the fear, then do it scared.”

Fear is a human emotion -quite a prominent one in fact- provoked when a threat is detected; stray dogs, seeing someone on the street at night and thinking they’re a thief or a murderer, and many other things that at the end add up to one thing: your brain coming up with multiple scenarios that may or may not be rational.

Supposedly, the objective of fear is to steer you away from possible dangerous situations. However, that’s not all; fear comes in many shapes: fear of failure, embarrassment, commitment, the fear of confirmation that oneself is inadequate. Its scale goes from “I’m afraid of the dark” all the way to “What if i don’t get the job? What if there’s a better candidate than me?”

Is fear real? Or could it just be a figment of our imagination?

Sure we are all afraid of one thing or another, but not all of our fears are valid. Some people are afraid of the dark because they don’t know what’s in it, while others are afraid of the depths of the ocean because they don’t know what kind of undiscovered creatures could inhabit it, and some are afraid of outer space because of the uncertainty of extraterrestrial life.

So, it’s a fear of the unknown, and that fear stops being a fear of the dark and starts being a fear of not being worthy or good enough. Maybe fear isn’t real, maybe it’s a mental construct meant to redirect us from greatness rather than danger. So we don’t apply for the job and let the -supposedly- better candidate take our place because we’re too afraid to be proven not worthy.

Was Rosa Parks not afraid when she refused to give up her seat for a white passenger and disobeyed the segregation rules? Chances are, she was filled to the brim with fear, but she did it anyway; she looked fear right in the eye and said “no” ; a word neither easy nor simple to utter in a white America, but it changed everything; history was made and Parks became the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.

Martin Luther King Jr. was probably afraid when he risked his life and the lives of the people marching with him for freedom and gave the infamous “I Have a Dream” speech, but he did it anyway, because he didn’t accept the inequality and the continuous state of fear that the minority groups in America lived in. Former American president Franklin D. Roosevelt believed that freedom from fear is a fundamental human right.

Fear is our imagination toying with us; it makes it impossible to achieve our goals and follow our dreams because we’re too afraid of not being able to get what we want, and of witnessing the aftermath of our own failure. It hinders our growth and evolution and limits us to being incompetent instead of glorious. Fear was created to dilute our true power; it’s basically our brain sabotaging our own potential. To get to the other side of fear, we have to change our mindset and the way we think of ourselves; you are the better candidate; you will be able to get what you want, and even if you don’t, it’s okay to fail. If you can’t beat the fear, just do it scared.