By Kathleen Hutchinson
23 Sep

Living Fearlessly

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

I don’t know about you, but lately I see all over the internet a greater prominence of inspirational cliché’s and feature articles related to overcoming our fears. “Everything you want is on the other side of fear” or “We are held back by fear not limitations” or my personal favorite, “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

I believed from a very young age I was “fixed” and when I developed congestive heart failure and learned I didn’t have a pulmonary valve, I couldn’t believe it. I wholeheartedly (no pun intended) believed I was fixed. I never feared that I would become sick “again” and I didn’t want to believe it happened to me.

OK, I might have been in a little denial but I believed I was fine, healthy—until I was proven otherwise. Yeah, I experienced shortness of breath and heart palpitations growing up and throughout adulthood but I thought that was just a way of life with CHD.

For some of us—not all of us—limiting beliefs are forced upon us as children because of our physical limitations. We aren’t limited beings. Fear is an illusion. We’re bigger than our fear.

The clichés have many truths and I stick by them. We can break through the barriers of the limiting beliefs we were told as children by believing a new story.

The stories from our childhood are old. We’re older, educated and wiser. We have proven we have a strength within us, even though we’re not sure where that strength comes from. If we can make it through multiple surgeries, life-threatening illnesses and more, we can face fear and walk right through it.

I urge you to live fearlessly in your every day life. We understand how delicate life is—don’t hesitate to live. Live in every moment.


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