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My Response to Fear & Curiosity


Dear Fear & Curiosity,

Fear, I need you.

Curiosity, I need you.

You both contribute to me.

And yet, you both suffocate me, at times.

Fear, living endangers your health. Besides, Curiosity and I inspire you with our brave stunts.

Curiosity, Fear is also our friend, let’s not forget. You know that sometimes, we must say no.

As we three are life-long companions, we must find a way to coexist.

I do acknowledge and honor you both, so let us borrow our dear friend’s (James Pinkel) mantra, to help us all live together, in harmony.

You are you.

I am me.

While you Fear are being you. I, Elizabeth, am being me.

While you Curiosity are being you. I, Elizabeth, am being me.

You are you.

I am me.

I am meeeeeeeee, Fear.

I am meeeeeeeee, Curiosity.

I take my own time.

You can, of course, join me for the ride.

But you must accept that while you are you, I am me.

You both offer so many beautiful sentiments, and you have both served and loved me well.

But there is a time and a place for each of you.

So, trust, that while you are being you, I shall be me.

And, as my father used to say on family road trips:

“You sit on the that side of the car.

And you sit on the other side.

Now, shut up and look out the window.”

I am indeed the driver, and we’ve got places to go.

So, before you taunt with me your with your own agenda, please remember the great wise words of Mr. Pinkel:

You are you.

I am Me.

In Gratitude,

Elizabeth


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