‘I could never do that alone. You must be brave!’ False. I’m no braver than anyone else and it wasn’t always this way for me. There were many, many times when I would head out to hike a mountain and not even get out of the car at the trailhead. Gripped by fear of being alone “out there”, I’d drive home. Or, after a mile pushing through the panic that would be crawling through me, with a heavy, heavy sigh, I’d retreat back to my car feeling defeat. It took pushing through that wall of fear, coming to grips with it, facing it, and accepting it, to get where I am today. Instead of fighting against the fear, instead of running away from it, I’ve learned to let it be, to allow it be be part of the journey instead of allowing it to govern the journey.