Fear held me back from my true self

I learned how to ride a bike when I was about 6 or 7-years-old. I started riding with training wheels and I think I rode with them for a couple of months. I remember how excited and scared I was when Daddy eventually took  them off.

At first, he held onto the seat walking next to me as I slowly pedaled on the sidewalk. It felt strange riding with two wheels instead of four. When he let go I’d lose my balance and fall sideways. Sometimes my bike and I would end up on the ground. Or, if I was lucky I’d land on my feet.

This happened several times but each time I got back on my bike. I was determined to learn how to ride on my own. Then finally, the moment came when Daddy let go one last time and I rode my bike without falling. I was so happy and proud of myself. Daddy seemed to be just as happy too if not more.

I’m very fond of that childhood memory. It was one of the few times in my life where I didn’t let fear hold me back. I didn’t let fear stop me from performing a clarinet solo in front of judges in middle school and high school. Nor did I let it stop me from joining the military. It was something I was able to control until my mom passed away. I was so weakened by grief that the trauma fed my unguarded fears. I let fear hold me back from my true self and creative identity.

When I decided I had enough with fear, I began reading several personal development and self-help books. I wanted to write about my personal journey but I was afraid of allowing myself to be vulnerable. I was afraid of what people might think. I didn’t feel confident that my writing would be good enough.

One of the books that started me on the path to facing my fears was Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown. Daring Greatly is based on Brown’s research on vulnerability. She explains how our fear of vulnerability limits us from meaningful relationships and opportunities in life. From reading her a book, I realized I needed to change how I viewed my own fear of being vulnerable. It took a lot of soul searching but it eventually led me to start this blog.

Fear still creeps in sometimes when I write about my thoughts and experiences. But it’s power over me is not as strong as it used to be. I’m still learning and growing. Most importantly, I am grateful for this journey.

2 thoughts on “Fear held me back from my true self

  1. I love your writing !!

    I have never been through something like this yet it takes me so in to your story as If i was part of it…

    Sometimes … most of the time we don’t understand what God allows us to go through.. we wonder why? Why me ? Right?

    Just have in mind that with your story, with you sharing your story; you are helping others… you have been chosen, you have been gifted and have the opportunity to change lives!!

    you have changed mines…. because now I know I shouldn’t take not one second for granted with my Dad.. because I never know when will be the last day I can hear his voice and tell him how much I love him !!

    Thanks Tangie, – Thanks for sharing and Ill be looking forward to more !!!


  2. I see this post is a bit old but I just wanted to express how incredibly courageous and inspiring you are. The truth is, we all fear exposing our vulnerability, constantly concealing our true emotions from the eyes of the world. But these emotions are what make us human. This is how we connect to one another, on a deeper level. I genuinely appreciate you sharing your story and I’m happy that you continue to liberate yourself of this fear and allow yourself to heal and to grow.

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