FEAR – False Evidence Appearing Real

Fear. We all face it from time to time, but what you do in the grip of fear is what defines you. Here, I’m going to discuss the fear of taking chances. Last year, I was faced with an amazing opportunity and a big decision – should I go to Bali, Indonesia, to work with a strange man I had never met before and be a part of an amazing underwater photo project? My friends said I was crazy for considering it, my family was concerned, and I was extremely nervous. But, I trusted my gut, packed my bags, and headed across the world, not having the faintest idea of what was to come. The F.E.A.R. was real.

Well, long story short, it ended up being one of the most incredible opportunities I’ve ever had. Because of my decision to take a chance despite what my family, peers and even that little voice in side my head said – I traveled to the Bahamas to shoot underwater with wild dolphins, Fiji for manta rays, and The Kingdom of Tonga for humpback whales.

A moment that helped me make this daring choice in the face of fear, was when I was in high school and my English class was assigned to read the poem, George Gray, by Edgar Lee Masters. This poem moved me so much that it completely changed my way of thinking. I immediately applied it to my life and never looked back. I can tell you one thing - when I am at the end of my life, I will not be asking, “what if” and neither should you. Get out there and do something that scares you. Lift your sail, and catch the winds of destiny.

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