A Poem & Manifesto: I Will Not Live in Fear

I will not live in fear.

I will not live with the fears of others inside me.

I will not let fear retreat back one more step I want to take.

I will understand my fear, and do my best to understand the fear others may present and pass onto me, in the name of love.

I will reframe my fear, when the knot in my stomach isn’t intuition telling me to make a decision to keep me safe, but rather, keep me playing small.

I will acknowledge my fear and that of others, when the threat is very real, and the evidence says, it is wise to “worry."

But, I will also face my fears, because if I stay in understanding, and reframing, or acknowledging, I will never take one step forwards.

I will do my best to have a contingency plan, and to know what I would do in the "what if…?" scenario, but I will limit that plan.

I will not have a contingency plan for every step I take out the door, to prepare for every single eventuality. 

Life, and it’s possibilities, are longer than any list I could make now, until I die, and I do not know when that day might come. No-one does.

I will live life with some element of spontaneity, as free to bloom, as I was born to be.

If I live our lives with the fear of death at every turn, whether natural, or the imposed threat of the unhinged, then I will welcome death early into our present time to live.

By facing any fear, even the real threats, I will know my inner strength and develop courage more than ever before. 

If the worst case scenario happens, and IF whatever fear is realised, of my own, or others, then I will face that with the courage that will be present at that time.

If the best happens, then I will be there, rejoicing, knowing that I faced the fears or my own, my family or a society, and I didn’t run away.

At least not from myself, or my life to live, and my love to give. 

Marie Milligan

I'm the Founder of Wild Women Do, a coaching network and movement for creative, entrepreneurial women needing support to create and launch something inspirational. A Holistic Business Coach, Entrepreneurship Educator and Writer, I love nothing better than helping you release your creative spirit, and get your ideas expressed and done.