fear can be a good thing. fear keeps us alive. but there are those who use fear against us. fear of other. fear of different. there are those who use fear for their own agenda. you can see it. acknowledge it. and know deep in your bones, you don’t want to live this way. constantly thinking someone is out to get you or that someone is watching you, just over your shoulder is not a way to live. constantly believing something horrible will happen if you try to reach out or if you try to live differently is not a way to live either. you are free to choose always. you can tell yourself: i am afraid but i’m going to do it anyway. this is cliché but true: life and love is waiting for you on the other side of fear. it is calling your name and wants to hold your hand. it’s okay to be afraid. it’s not okay to let it govern you.