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

Marie Milligan, Painted Lady Canalboat, Blomfield Road Moorings, Little Venice, London, UK

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.