Fear, be gone
Let’s get this straight: Brave people also get scared from time to time. Yup, you heard right. This is a feeling that every human being has. Yup, no way about it.
How easy is it to scare people? How easy is it to shake someone down? We all know that it depends on the person. Our point to this is that every day we overcome scary situations. You see, whether you live in a big city or a small one, you are exposed to any kind of danger. Why? Because the world is just like that. Talking as a person whose got her wallet stolen a few months back (to then be recovered by the police), this can happen in a big city like where I am or even the smallest of places. I’ve seen it all happen and heard countless stories. And if you know me at least a little bit, I stray away from those kinds of stories as much as possible.
Moving on, these things happen. Just a couple of months back, out of the blue a co-worker had her cell phone stolen, at 11pm, in a kinda bad neighbourhood, she was the only woman there. She goes back and forth to work, babysitting a young girl and has to come back late. Little did she expect to get anything stolen. Specially in such a violent way. She was devastated pushing him off like there was no tomorrow. She is okay, all is good as far as the news can go. When we heard about this job, all my co-workers had different ideas. There were the ones that knew that they could walk around no matter the hour and be prepared and there were others who wouldn’t even hop on the metro at that time at night. There were also cases as some thought a taxi was safer where others thought it wasn’t safe at all. The debate went back and forth on a constant level.
There are times like these where I just want to run into the arms of a loved on and never let go. All I want to do is crawl in and ignore the world for a while… how long is a while though? How long is enough to have the courage to get back out there? Who knows…. Maybe it’s due to my strong independent style and I get back out there in no time, maybe because there is nowhere else I can turn to but myself, all I know is that no matter what I hear or happens, I get back out there.
Now, a lot of this conversation had to do that we are women. And that we are more likely to be assaulted than men. Same old news. This made me and my other girl friends realize that we need to protect ourselves even more. We all walk home late at night, we all walk early in the morning, we all have our drinks and take a taxi home… we are all humans. Just because we are woman, how are we more vulnerable to these things? And we didn’t even get started on clothes. That is secondary. Because these things happened in Winter where we are more budded up than Olaf, the snowman from Frozen.These are all things that we have to think of every single time we walk alone in the middle of the night.
How do get rid of this fear? How do we keep going if we know there is no hiding spot? It gives me shivers all throughout the day and even more than that. At the end of the day, we are all brave. In the reality of it all, we are really wanting to go on with our lives and focus on the good of it all. My only solution is to keep on going.
More careful and all, walking one step at a time. No other way to go. If we want to make a difference in this world, we must keep making the positive changes happen. Be careful, stand tall and take care of yourself. Take a self-defence class, take a break, do as you please. Be careful and keep spreading positive life tales all around.
Let this fear be gone soon.
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