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Tuesday, October 8th is National Face Your Fears Day. A day to celebrate people who have faced and overcome their fears. What fear are you trying to overcome? Ephebiphobia - fear of teenagers, kakorrhaphiophobia - fear of failure, or phobophobia - a fear of fears. Have you ever thought about what your life be like would be like if you conquered some of your greatest fears? What might you do differently? Publish that novel? Sing karaoke in a bar? Dance in the rain with the one you love?
Growing up I had achluophobia - the fear of darkness. I'm not sure if it had anything to do with all the Stephen King novels I read, but whatever the cause, I didn't like dark places. I remember sleeping with a flashlight in my sleeping bag at summer camp and a night light on in college. Getting married alleviated some of my fear of darkness, I can sleep without a night light now, but I still prefer well-lit rooms and love when the days are longer and the nights are shorter.
National Face Your Fears Day is all about going for it and encouraging others to do the same. As Franklin D. Roosevelt said, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." (He never read a Stephen King novel.) In the spirit of this day I'm going to follow Eleanor Roosevelt's advice and “Do one thing every day that scares you.” I'm going to go into a room without turning on the light!
How about you? What fear can you overcome today?