With Halloween in a few days, I thought it was appropriate to write about everything scary in my life. Pop quizzes, running out of hot chocolate, disconnected wifi… Just kidding. In all seriousness, fear haunts everyone and can become unhealthier than all the candy you'll be eating this week.

What is fear exactly? Why are we scared of certain/random things? Most importantly, how do we overcome it? (Especially when it becomes intruding.)

Fear is a defense mechanism that we need for survival. We're human and we learn from what we experience. So really, what we're afraid of is not so random. We fear things from the very beginning of our lives and that shapes who we are today.
A fear is formed from instincts, what we have learned and what we have been taught.

Overcoming fear takes a lot of effort. It's something you have to work on every day and like a lot of things, it's a choice you make. Whether it be something simple like facing spiders or something deeper like not being afraid to be your true self, with encouragement and patience, you can feel better about your fears. It will still be scary, but it will get better as you change your mindset.

What would you do if you were not scared?
Let me modify that question because it turns out that the biggest common fear humans face is fear of failure.
What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
Think about it and use it as encouragement.
Remember when you were little, curious and unafraid of what others thought about you? You need a balance of fear in your life, but you also need to overcome the fear of error that we have all learned in society.

Spooky season is upon us - here's to overcoming fear!