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Overcoming Fear


By Jenny HuynhPublished 10 months ago 2 min read
Overcoming Fear
Photo by Eyasu Etsub on Unsplash

In a quaint village nestled at the foot of towering mountains, a young girl named Mia lived with a secret that consumed her: an overwhelming fear of the dark. The villagers, unaware of her struggle, admired her courage and determination in the daylight hours.

Mia's fear began one stormy night when lightning illuminated her room, casting eerie shadows that danced on the walls. Since then, darkness became her nemesis, triggering a pounding heart and shallow breaths that seemed impossible to control.

One evening, as the sun dipped below the horizon, Mia found herself alone at home. The familiar feeling of panic clawed at her chest. Determined to confront her fear, she lit candles in every corner, casting warm light that pushed back the encroaching shadows.

But as the night wore on, the candles began to flicker and wane. Mia's heart raced, her breath quickened, and the tendrils of fear tightened their grip. She knew she had to make a choice—allow her fear to control her or find the strength to overcome it.

Gathering her resolve, Mia remembered a story her grandmother had told her, about a night when the village faced a dire threat. In the face of danger, the villagers had banded together, illuminating the darkness with torches and lanterns. It was this unity that pushed back the fear.

Drawing strength from this memory, Mia grabbed a lantern and opened her front door. The darkness outside was vast and enveloping, but she took a step forward. With trembling hands, she lit the lantern and held it high, its warm glow pushing back the shadows.

As she walked through the village, something miraculous happened—neighbors stepped out of their homes, lanterns in hand, and joined her. The collective light held at bay the oppressive darkness, and Mia's fear began to ebb away.

In that moment, Mia understood that fear could be conquered not just alone, but with the support of those around her. The villagers' lanterns symbolized not only physical light but the light of camaraderie, compassion, and shared strength.

From that night on, Mia's fear of the dark slowly diminished. She learned that courage wasn't about the absence of fear, but about facing it head-on, guided by the light of community and the knowledge that, even in the darkest of times, one could find the strength to illuminate the path ahead.

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Jenny Huynh

Facts can be fun, complex, and not as black and white as some may think. Be open minded, explore and discover.

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