“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten” – Neil Gaiman
It has been brought to my attention that the month of February is dedicated to being fearless.
The concept is quite simply actually, the only objective is to face your fears. Pick something that terrifies you and tackle it. Choose 1 thing or 10 things or a thing for every day, ignore your quickened pulse, and over come it… whatever it might be.
However, due to our society and the state of the world in todays century, there is technically a second objective. Which, is to post about it on social media – because as you know, things don’t truly happen unless they are on social media.
But, all in all, the most important objective is to be brave enough to face something that you’ve been hiding from for the other 11 months throughout the year.
Or maybe this year you decide to face something that you’ve been fearful of your entire life.
Granted, I am a little skeptical that just because the calendar marks February it means that all ones fears are suddenly small enough to tackle, or that your nerves have suddenly sky rocketed over night and your demons are suddenly faceable.
But, maybe the point of Fearless February isn’t about just facing your fears independently. Maybe it has to do with the fact that strangers from around the world, people everywhere, are using the next 28 days to stand together and face their fears.
Maybe it’s one of those ways that social media actually brings society together and makes them just a little bit stronger than they were independently.
I don’t know for sure, but maybe if everyone who is afraid of the dark commits to leaving their flashlights flicked off, the monsters will realize that there’s too many people walking fearlessly to the bathroom – despite the blackness of the night. Maybe there will be too many people, all around the world, and the number of people will finally out number the number of monsters.
Maybe, if hundreds of people gather together at the top of mountain, and they all hold hands, the fear of heights will start to diminish because you are so grounded by the people around you.
And maybe, just maybe, if people find away to connect, a way to share what’s really wrong, a way to see that their fears are not independent – the weight of the thing that is so unbearable will be easier to carry, because you’re sharing it with other people.
In fact, I don’t think Fearless February is about facing your fears independently at all. I think it’s about joining people together, lightening the weight of the fear, and plunging into the future with more hope then anxiety.
I think it’s about pushing you to be brave and adventurous. I think it’s about encouraging everyone to be fearless, even if it’s just for one day, at the same time, all around the world so that the world can become a little bit of a better place.
So what fear will you face now that the calendar has switched over to February 1st? What thing will you pick from your list of demons to tackle and finally put behind you? And most importantly, who will you pick to stand beside you when you fearlessly face your chosen fear.