Comfort Zone
Comfort Zone fear stories
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johnchang
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Comfort Zone

by johnchang

Standing on that high dive above my friends

Their muffled cheers of encouragement echoing

from beyond that blurry tunnel to the edge of the board.

But ten feet may as well be fifty as I stood there frozen

Here I was - a grown man who still didn’t know how to swim

One step stood between a moment of letting go..

..and months of painful early mornings

Rationally, I knew that I could just walk across the bottom

I can hold my breath long enough.

But icy adrenaline raced thru my veins locking up my muscles

Seconds felt like minutes turning into hours

Sooner or later, someone would have to take me off

I remember a Sunday magazine article about Navy pilots..

..being the best in the world.

Watching movies of jets screaming across the skies..

I dreamed of being one of them - the best of the best.

Now it all came down to this one step -

One step between me and flying at Mach 2

“Fear is the mind killer.. Fear is the mind killer..”

That Bene Gesserit litany from Dune echoed in my mind.

I wish I could tell you how I was finally able to do it

Take a step that let me fly in a training jet

Take a step that let me get paid to learn how to fly

All I know is..

“In the cave you fear to enter..

..Lies the treasure you seek” - Joseph Campbell

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a year agoReply
Fighting a fear is not easy but who ever overcomes it by oneself feels a great achievement acquired at hand. You wrote it well! Good job. :)

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a year agoReply
@bernardtwindwil - love that quote also. Sometimes it pays to be a whimp - I'd rather just die once! :) @michaelschulze - this has been such a key lesson in my life. But the hardest lesson is that the smallest (and often less obvious) fears can be the trickiest to overcome.

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
a year agoReply
This was an incredible story. Great lessons in the life of anyone. There is an old saying, "A brave man only dies once. A coward dies a thousand times a day." Great job!!!

a year agoReply
Overcoming personal fear can be a daunting experience but the rush when you finally do makes it all worth while love this story as it resonates well with me