Mark Twin once said, “Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.” Despite his advice, however, many of us live in fear of a myriad of things that keeps us from living the life we want.

Whether it’s the fear that pursing our passions will leave us broke, and struggling to make ends meet, or the fear that we’ll get rejected by the beautiful brotha at the bar, being afraid can stop you from what you want most.

Lately, I’ve been trying to confront my fears head on. For over a year (really longer) I have been wanting/dreaming about switching careers. Although I love certain aspects about my day job—my students, the stability, the benefits—it has become increasing clear that I’d much rather string together words than teach teenagers how to do it. So while I’ve been keeping a foot in both worlds—teaching and writing—the thing holding me back from jumping head first into following my passion has been fear (and the student loan money I owe Sallie Mae).

Pushing past your fears and self-doubts can be extremely difficult, but it’s also necessary if you want to stop wondering about what could be and start experiencing what is.

So, Clutchettes and Gents…what are you afraid of? What’s holding you back from living the life you want?

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