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Monday, May 4, 2009
May: What have you overcome?
The main characters of Red Glass have to overcome past traumas or fears on order to connect with each other. For example, Sophie has to get over her fears in order to become close to Angel and ultimately, to help him. Have you had any fears that you feel proud of overcoming? How has your life changed now that you can deal with the fears? Do you have more fears that you hope to overcome one day?
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I am still working on overcoming my fear of people not liking me. It sounds simple, but I am so affected by this--I worry and worry. But I'm working on it!
I'm stronger now, and more self-assured.
Fears I want to overcome--fear of wild animals eating me, fear of driving beside water, fear of dying old, sick,alone, and povery-stricken.
Fears I never want to overcome--fear of spiders, fear of imperfection.
I had to smile as just yesterday I was COVERED with baby spiders, Dia. COVERED. Eek!
I have a fear of public speaking. Boo. I hate that one and have to plow through it every time I take the stage. Dedicated to working on it!
I've had all kinds of fears from the time I was a kid (germs, dying, contracting leprosy ;), getting trapped places, getting lost...) It was actually kind of fun to "give" some of these fears to Sophie and to feel proud of her for overcoming them. I've gotten over some of these fears myself, but a few of them keep popping up here and there when I'm going through tough times.
I was just in NYC for four days, taking elevators everywhere (in my hotel, in the Random House building, in the airport) and I realized that I was okay with it! I used to either take stairs or (if there were over, say, 10 flights of stairs) reluctantly take the elevator and do deep breathing to calm my racing pulse and pounding heart... and I'd always feel extremely relieved once the elevator doors opened-- like I'd just survived a near-death experience! But I can honestly say I didn't think twice about zipping around in elevators last week-- it felt good!!!
(And thank you all for sharing your fears-- I can relate to every one except driving beside water!)
I've had a lot of fears, I've overcome a lot of fears, and I think I'll always have more to conquer. Trusting in God helps a whole lot, though, to make me not-afraid.
Melissa, I have that fear, too - which so often ends up being self-defeating (at least for me)! I also have a bee fear, which I don't find to be all that irrational. :)
Well...my fear is the same as yours melissa ..i have trouble thinking people like me and i also am bipolar and i think it has too be the hardest thing i've ever gone through in my life...and i feel as if i have overcome it..beat it in somehow. because a few years ago...back in 05...i was really sick from 03-05 but im doing totally 100% better now and even though i struggle...im going to have to deal with this every day for the rest of my life but i know i have bipolar..bipolar does NOT have me. and i know god and jesus my savior will get me through it. because...
if jesus brings you too it..he'll bring you all through it...whatever it is.
i love all of you!
love you dia, lorie, janet, justina and matali!!
I have a fear of getting close to people, they ultimately let me down and I'd rather not get that close enough.
AHHH! BABY SPIDERS! AHHHH!
I also have a fear of failure, which I really really really want to get over. I quit, not to fail--which is like failing except I never try so I can't fail.
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