My whole life I’ve been telling myself “don’t be afraid.”
And it is only now that I’m realizing how stupid that is. Don’t be afraid. Like saying “don’t move out of the way when someone tries to punch you” or “don’t flinch at the heat of a fire” or “don’t blink.” Don’t be human.
I’m afraid and you’re afraid and we’re all always going to be afraid, because that’s what happens.
What I should be telling myself is “be afraid, but do it anyway.”