If You Weren’t Afraid

Confronting Your Fears

I came across this line while reading the book ‘Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will to Lead’. It says:

‘So please ask yourself: What would I do if I weren’t afraid? And then go do it.’

While it may mean different things to different people, it gives a common message to all.

“Confront your fears”.

Now the real deal: What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

I was reading about this on a QnA site and could find all kind of answers, from falling off a big cliff somewhere, to selling everything.

For someone, it may mean sleeping alone at night, taking up swimming lessons, voicing yourself at your workplace, eating a complete meal with your parents, being quite for an entire hour, etc. etc.

It might sound silly but it means something entirely different to me.

What would I do if I weren’t afraid? Well, I’ll go on a road trip all alone to the most haunted places in the world. While you may make the mistake of thinking I am afraid of haunted sites, that’s actually not the case.

Instead of the places, I am afraid of the people. I am afraid of the people judging me. I am afraid of my safety in my own land. And most of all, I am afraid of those demotivators who are lined up, waiting eagerly for one reckless act of mine.

I have discussed my crazy intentions with quite a no. of friends, and it’s disappointing to not find a single one encouraging me to go ahead. Maybe they would have been more supportive if the world was actually a safer place for a lone female traveler.

They give me suggestions to start with Thailand or Bangkok, but India is a definite NO. But this enrages me. After all, this is my country I am talking about. Don’t I have the right to feel safe here, irrespective of the time and the place? If this is not true, we really need to think about this and we need to think hard.

This has to change. It’s high time now.

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4 Responses to If You Weren’t Afraid

  1. Archit Rathi says:

    Start with Dow hill of Kurseong, Darjeeling.
    One of my friends had studied at Victoria Boy’s School located over there and he claims to have had some other worldly experiences. Stuff like: seeing someone enter from one side of the pathway and not appearing from the other end….sounds of someone cutting grass on the slopes in the middle of the night…..
    Some news coverage:


    • Yup….looks genuine….will surely start with this….assuming I will start some day….
      But I would be more interested in knowing what would you d if you were not afraid? 🙂
      Hope to see your reply soon….


      • Archit Rathi says:

        Travel around the world. Not just travel, experience it.
        Stay in a particular location for a year (work over there), get bored, change job, change location…..head over to another country……repeat schedule


      • Wow….fascinating 🙂
        I remember u telling about ur fear of water during the JY session…i was expecting some similar answer …u surprised me (good surprise) ….i hope u make this a reality!

        Good Luck!


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