Choose Power Over Fear


 It was a deal I’d made with myself months before and the only thing that allowed me to hike alone. I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control, but for the most part, it worked. Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination, I pushed it away. I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power. And it wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid. I was working too hard to be afraid.

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

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Fear is Your Friend


Don’t ever believe that vampires are fearless. On the contrary. What happened to Casimir could happen to any vampire, at any time. When the whole world hates you, fear becomes your friend.

The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks

So much nicer when it’s two


Roly Poly, very small
not so frightened after all.
Sometimes new things can be fun
when you’re not the only one.

Roly Poly, very small,
feeling better, feeling tall.
So much to see, so much to do…
So much nicer when it’s two!

Roly Poly Pangolin, by Anna Dewdney

In the spirit of friendship, here are a few links:

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