Courage isn’t The Absence of Fear, It’s Staring Fear in the Face and Doing it Scared!

Fear will enslave you if you let it. It’s like a prison without walls because a fearful person is a controlled person. The good thing is that you don’t have to let fear imprison you.

So, how do you break out of that jail?

You face your fears. You do the thing you fear anyway- and you do it scared!

Many people have the wrong idea of the word “fearless.” Fearless doesn’t mean you don’t feel the fear. What it means is that, although you may be scared to death, you do it anyway. A perfect example of this would be jumping out of an airplane with a parachute on your back.

I skydived for the very first time during the summer of 2004, and let me tell you! The fear is the worst right before you go out the door. But if I’d let my fright stop me, I never would have known that awesome rush I got during the 75 second free-fall before the chute opened. I never would have seen the beauty of the world below me as I floated downward, and would never have known the thrill of skydiving. Even worse, I would’ve been kicking myself later, because skydiving was something I’d always wanted to try.

I consider myself blessed to have gotten the chance to parachute and I’d love to do it again and again. And when I do, I plan to do a solo jump instead of tandem. So, if there’s anything you want to do, anything at all. Don’t be afraid to do it scared! After all, you only live once.

Go ahead. Take the plunge. Do it while you can and before it’s too late.

With knowledge comes empowerment!

0 thoughts on “Courage isn’t The Absence of Fear, It’s Staring Fear in the Face and Doing it Scared!

  1. aparna12 says:

    Thank you so much for this awesome motivational post. I will keep reading it every day to overcome my fears. You are amazing and a great inspiration to me. 🥰🥰🥰. Have a fantastic weekend.

  2. foguth says:

    I’d choose to stay aboard if the plane was okay and I’ve never had a desire to fly, which is a strange statement for a pilot – my husband has his commercial pilot license, and we had our own plane, so he talked me into getting a private license.
    I can understand how thrilling something like skydiving could be. And, it’s a leap of faith in many ways. My husband and I took a similar ‘leap of faith’ when we moved aboard our catamaran and set out on a sabbatical When one is on a day or two long sail, alone in the middle of the ocean, a new perspective is obtained and at night, the stars seem close enough to reach up and touch.
    SO, Cherie, have you been diving since that first time?

  3. Ellie Thompson says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever been courageous, although, as you know, I’ve faced an awful lot of fear in my life. Parachuting or skydiving sounds a bit ambitious for me, especially as a wheelchair user! I daresay it’s been done before, but I’m not sure I’m up for that yet 😉 . I say, yet, because you never know what’s around the corner. I can hear how fantastic the experience was for you in your post, and I’m so glad 😊💖

    • cheriewhite says:

      Thank you so much, Ellie. And I completely understand the fear. My husband is terrified of heights, but in my eyes, that doesn’t make him any less of a man! I still love him to pieces- he’s my love, my man, my hero!

      And sweetie, you may be in a wheelchair, but you’re still worthy of love and respect. And I promise you that there won’t be any discrimination on this blog. Everyone who comments on my blog and every one of my readers are awesome people. We’re like a community and we welcome everyone…except bullies. Here, it’s come as you are! 😍😍😍

  4. Kym Gordon Moore says:

    Girlfriend, I have thought about skydiving, at least once, and you’re absolutely right, my fear of heights has been the factor that kept me from doing it. When I got over my fear of flying a little over 40 years ago and wanting to sit near the window a few years later instead of the aisle, I tried to find a way to distract my nervousness. 👍🏼✈🪂🛫

    But you hit this topic on the head girlfriend. Fear keeps us from reaching our potential and doing so many things we dreamed of doing. Thanks so much for this motivational push Cherie! 👏🏼 I’m still not keen on the skydiving part yet, but until then I will conquer my fears with my feet planted on the ground!!! LOL 😜🚶🏽‍♀️🧍🏽‍♀️🏃🏽‍♀️🥰

  5. Sheri Dye says:

    This post is such a beautiful message!
    And what an incredible experience to have had.. I’m so happy you got the opportunity to do something that most people only dream of.
    Thank you for sharing this with us!

  6. DutchIl says:

    Thank you for sharing!! “Strength doesn’t come from what you can do, it comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t” (Rikki Rodgers)… 🙂

    Until we meet again..
    May your troubles be less
    Your blessings be more
    And nothing but happiness
    Come through your door
    (Irish Saying)

  7. Cindy Georgakas says:

    what fun Cherie. Our alarm went off at 4 in the morning to go when we were on vacation and we both looked at each other and went back to sleep. lol I’ve never looked back. 😂 oh wait and ours was only a hot air balloon ride.. hahahahhaa

  8. euroktoo says:

    Bravo! Bravo!

    My favourite and first book that helped me go forth: Susan Jeffers’s Feel the Fear . . . and Do It Anyway: Dynamic Techniques for Turning Fear, Indecision, and Anger Into Power, Action, and Love.

    A phenomenal life changing book- the author has now passed on, but she is still out there rooting for us to soar!

  9. Pretty John says:

    Nelson Mandela has quoted that Courage is not the absence of fear but the triumph of overcoming fear. One of my favorite quotes and this post is the perfect post to express the quote!

  10. Adelheid says:

    I’m afraid of heights but I tried the Zipline with my daughter because she wants to try it so I obliged. I was praying and at the same time screaming with both arms outstretched until we reached the end of the cable! 😁😁😁 And I promised never to do that again! 😆😆😆 It’s one good experience, though. 😊

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