Before we get to my well-prepared speech, I want to take a moment to talk about fear.
Fear is the instinct that makes us aware of our surroundings. It acts as a warning system when danger is near. It is the feeling you get in the pit of your stomach that something isn’t right.
And what purpose does this feeling serve us? What does fear bring to the table? It brings us safety. And safety is something we as humans crave. It keeps us alive. Fear that leads to our safety is what we were given at birth to help us survive.
Now in proper proportion, fear and safety lead us through life in a positive way. When we listen to our gut instincts, they act as guide posts. They are advisors, fear and safety; when you think of them, think of them this way.
It is when we begin to rely only on fear that it turns into a negative entity. When we stop using fear as an advisor and instead let fear take over as the captain of our ship, it becomes negative.
In that capacity, fear takes you prisoner inside your own body. Fear knows that you can, but whispers that you can’t. Fear doubts you. Fear is manipulative. Fear lingers in the corners, always in shadow so you can’t quite get a grasp on it. And this manifestation of fear is what keeps so many people from doing the one thing we as humans have been tasked to do—live our lives with purpose to make a difference in the world.
You have dreams, goals, and aspirations for your future. I’m here today to tell you to take control of your life and reach for them. Do not let fear become your captain. Let it be your advisor.
Now, about that graduation speech.
Class of 2014, whatever you do in life, be sure to do it on your terms. You will never know how far you can go unless you try. And the only thing that could possible stand in your way is fear. Please, class of 2014, put fear in its place and walk through the world with confidence. It’s yours.