On Feeling Afraid, But Doing It Anyway


I am afraid too. I am frightened all the time, but I do not let the fears determine my behavior. How I act and whether or not I am afraid are two separate things in my process. I think questions such as, is this doable, reasonable, and morally sound? What are the consequences going to be when I do this? I know I will make some people mad but can I actually achieve something positive? If I think I can be effective, I allow myself to feel afraid.The problem is when people act because they are afraid. These two things need to be separated. It is okay to feel uncomfortable. If you are going to create anything worthy, you are going to feel uncomfortable and other people are going to make you feel uncomfortable, and that has to be accepted as part of life.
If you want to feel safe all the time, you will never be able to do anything.

Sarah Schulman interviewed by Carlos Motto for We Who Feel Differently.

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Anh Le @ Fab 'n Fun

The post title actually can become a life motto. People all have fear at some point of life!
The photo is also brilliant, working well with the post. The bank TV seems to demonstrate the fear and action of the woman is "doing it anyway"
Thanks for this beautiful post!

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Kate

This was very inspirational and much needed as I am starting a new chapter of my life. Thank you!

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Tati G.

My boyfriend of two years broke up with me Thursday night. I am afraid of this new life without him but I will not let my fear cripple me. Thank's for this post.

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Kat

I've learned to deal with constantly being afraid thanks to my depression. Although it sucks, in some ways it's also freeing – it's been a great lesson in being strong and saying screw it to everyone.

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