Daring Greatly – Fearing Failure

I’ve wanted to get this off my chest for some time now: I’m ready [I think] to dare greatly.

To live. To embrace courage.

To accept who I am – now -especially after the hysterectomy and oopherectomy.

The menopause. The depression. The Lynch Syndrome.

Actually – to hell with that – it is challenging enough to just accept me as I am regardless of all that crap.

I understood menopause was difficult. But this DIFFICULT. [I’m learning to call it “interesting” because that term is far lighter and conjures curiosity rather dread… in me, anyway.]

[I suspect that depression and anxiety are secret bedfellows with menopause.]

But I also want to release another secret out into the Internet ether [thank you to anyone who reads and witnesses this!]: I am also afraid to fail. Who isn’t, right?

What’s worse is that I am more afraid to turn back and retreat. Actually, that is probably a good thing. A really. good. thing.

I just keep reminding myself of the Teddy Roosevelt quote I shared during the 3-Day, 3-Quote Challenge Confessions of a Reborn Girl threw my way recently. 🙂

“… who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”






[In response to the Daily Prompt: Test]


4 thoughts on “Daring Greatly – Fearing Failure

  1. I told Paulette this yesterday and I guess I get to say it again! 🙂 “It’s okay to be afraid but never fear.” As for accepting yourself, that’s something that has to come with time. You have to learn how to forgive your mistakes, love your flaws, and basically be at peace with your character. I may make it sound simple but even I know that it isn’t. However, you say you’re afraid of backing down, so I don’t anticipate this being an issue for you. 🙂 Good luck!

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