Learning to Let Yourself Fear

September 10, 2014 3:45 PM

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Learning to Let Yourself Fear

I believe in this quote, said by Frosty Hesson, world-class surfer famous for surfing gigantic waves known as "Mavericks," because I can relate. While it's safe to say I'm nowhere near being a pro surfer, as a mountaineer, I have similarly felt real fear. And, as Hesson implies, used it in a positive, healthy way.

We often forget that fear and panic are not the same things; one is necessary to stay alive, and the other is not. Panic is actually dangerous, putting a person in a state of complete chaos, removing the ability to make sound life-saving decisions. I've experienced both emotions many times -- and no...

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