Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.
– Henry David Thoreau
Monday I wrote a post about how some day I will run the Boston Marathon. I finished and published the post and then went to link to it from Twitter. That’s when I discovered I had published my post just minutes after two bombs went off at the finish line for the Boston Marathon.
In a comment on that post Brett’s mom asked me if the Boston Marathon was still on my life list.
I will not let terrorists make me afraid of my dreams.
I can think of a lot of dreams I have gone after that involved a level of fear of some kind. Leaving home for college the first time. Flying to Brasil for my mission (had a panic/anxiety attack on the plane). Walking into both an elementary classroom and a college classroom for the first time as a teacher. Moving to continue my education to a state where I only knew one person (and it was a rather complicated relationship at that point). Completing the oral exams for my degree. Pursuing parenthood. Even stepping up to the starting line of my first marathon in 1997.
But I did all those things.
I have never let fear keep me from my dreams, no matter the source of that fear. I’m not going to start now. Fear from inside me has not stopped me, I refuse to let fear from the outside stop me. I refuse to let terrorists limit the fulness of my life. They don’t get to win.