Fearless Fantasies – How would your life be different if you were incapable of feeling fear? Would your life be better or worse than it is now?

If I could not feel fear, I’d most likely be dead of doing something stupid and dangerous.

Just as pain warns our bodies that something is wrong, fear warns our brains to be cautious. Excessive or unreasoning fear can cripple us, make us unable to do anything at all. Phobias can eliminate some activities entirely.


If you are terrified of heights, sky-diving and mountain climbing are likely to be non-starters. If you are scared to death of insects, forget that jungle exploration trip down the Amazon!

But normal fear based on a sensible understanding of a situation keeps us from doing dumb stuff. From climbing that rickety ladder, from diving off the cliff into the rocky, shallow water below.

I think, in the context of my life, I have done many things other’s would have thought dangerous, but which weren’t. They may have been totally stupid and wrong-headed, but not dangerous.

I can’t think of anything I would have done (that I wanted to do) but rejected because of fear. I pretty much did what I wanted. Mostly, it worked out okay.

The stuff that didn’t work out?

Fear wasn’t the issue. It was poor judgment, usually of person or people. Nothing to do with danger and everything to do with street smarts.



  1. Interesting to read that fear was not a factor in decisions you made to do things.I think that speaks to confidence. I envy that as I fear holds me back from many things. Nature of the beast….


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  3. I am scared of heights but I was forced to do some mountain climbing and tree canopy walkways as part of my work. I just had to force myself but it was quite an ordeal. I have even hung out of a high flying helicopter but yet I get dizzy when I am on a high bridge or tall building and I could never, never bungee. I guess phobias aren’t logical.


    • I think I’d have liked sky diving, assuming anyone could get me to leave the airplane. For me, it’s not the height. It’s the fall. Yet I love roller coasters. Bungee jumping always looks way too scary. Leaping to the rocks on a rubber band? I don’t think so!


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