I am not sure what I’m so afraid of. My life is good; I have solid friends & family, a safe place to live, so much laughter, and my bills are paid. But I want more. If only I could stop being afraid.

More than anything, I want to be a published writer. I wouldn’t believe it if I had my work on the shelves at Barnes & Noble or became a New York Times Bestseller. Classmates and professors have always complimented my writing so I don’t know what’s holding me back. I am my own worst enemy. I am also a perfectionist to the point where if I feel like I might fail at something, I don’t attempt it. This is one of my weaknesses. If a man challenges me in business, I have no problem making direct eye contact and engaging in a debate. If anyone challenges me on the street, I smile AND snarl. But when it comes to sharing my writing and facing the possibility of rejection, I cower.

How can I conquer these fears?

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