What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

When that question was posed to me, I thought long and hard about my answer— What would I do if I weren’t afraid? I’ve faced some huge fears before. I made choices by following my heart and walking in faith, and it somehow always turned out in my favour. But what if I’m not always that lucky? Am I going to let fear hold me back?

I feel as though, no matter where we are in life, no matter how happy and comfortable we are, there is always that one thing we want to do but won’t because we’re too afraid—afraid of failure, afraid of what people might think, afraid of regret, afraid of change, afraid of taking that leap in faith and being pioneers of our own lives.  

I pondered a bit for my answer and then it came to me: If I weren’t afraid, I’ll leave my day job, pursue my passion full-time, and live my dream. That was a bittersweet moment because for the first time in my adult-life, I realised it was actually fear and not practicality that was holding me back.

In 2014, actor/comedian Jim Carrey gave an inspiring speech to a group of college graduates on choosing love over fear. His speech revolved around the idea that we have two choices in life: Love or Fear.

He shared that fear will always be a player in our lives, but we get to decide by how much. Many of us choose our path in life out of fear that’s disguised as ‘practicality’. We allow fear to run our lives and steal our dreams. We think the things we want are ridiculous to expect and impossibly out of reach that we dare not go after it. So we make conservative choices and continue playing it safe, like staying in a job or relationship we don’t like because it’s “secure” or “practical”. But what happens when that “safe thing” fails?

If we can fail at doing what we don’t like, then we might as well take a chance at doing what we love.

Jim reminds us that anything is possible and that there isn’t anything bigger than ourselves. Dare to dream. Take that leap of faith and jump despite of what’s expected of us. Risk being seen—our need for acceptance can make us invisible in this world.  

So dream big, listen to your heart. Let the Universe know what you want, and work towards it. Let go of how it comes to pass. Your job is not to figure out how it’s going to happen for you. Your job is to open the door in your head, and when the door opens in real life, just walk right through it. You can spend your entire life worrying about the pathway to the future, but all that matters is now and the decision you make in this moment, which are based either in Love or Fear.

“We will only ever have two choices: Love or Fear. Choose love. And don’t ever let fear turn you against your playful heart.” — Jim Carrey

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

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Love, Candace

21 Replies to “Choosing Love Over Fear”

  1. Living the dream is awesome indeed Candice! And yes I agree that fear is holding back most of humanity to a very large extent from going after what we truly desire to do when we wake every morning. But…. here comes the rat race and we just keep living like zombies unaware and asking why wont life change! (rather than what can I do to change my life) I like to ask myself another question as well, “what will I do if I had everything in life that I wanted”? The answer to that will definitely be something i’m passionate about. Nice read Candice 🙂

    1. We sure are in that rat race. I pray that I keep making steps everyday to get out. That’s an excellent question, and such a true answer. We will always gravitate to our passion. Thank you for sharing that.

  2. I LOVE this post! I am choosing love over fear by putting my desire to write out into the world – and sharing some of my writing with friends and strangers. No longer hiding that dream for fear of rejection, unknown, etc. Thank you for the inspiration and validation today.

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