Overcoming my fear in less than 5 minutes, a story.
Let me start by saying I am afraid of needles.
The needles I am referring to are not the ones used for stitching. But the ones used for medical purposes like for an injection.
When I was 5 or 6 years old, I was vaccinated with something. I could no longer remember what the vaccine was. But I could recall I was one of the students who cried at the time for an obvious reason—it was painful.
From then on, I exhibit signs of fear of needles. Whenever I need to do a blood test, I become anxious, and my heartbeat races.
Although, I am still grateful my fear is only to that degree because I have a cousin who faints whenever he sees a needle.
It is tough to have a fear of some sort. So there are times I ask myself why I am afraid of needles.
I know injection is painful. It is a part of my nature to be afraid of what I know is going to be painful. And I have the natural inclination to avoid what is painful. So, partly, it explains that.
But how come other people are not afraid of it?
I observe that some people even stare at it and stay calm as the needle penetrates through their skin. I am in awe at how they can make it look like it does not hurt at all. I do not know the answer but they are unbelievable!
Last week, I received a message from a relative. She was asking for blood donors with B+ blood type for their father who was in the hospital.
I know I am a perfect fit to be a donor because I have a B+ blood type. Yet, my fear is holding me back and making me doubt that I can do it.
At this point, I need to choose either to face my fear now or to let this slide and be afraid forever.
My world slows down a bit as I picture out the big needle that will be used during bloodletting. Like this:
I believe there is no right time to do and accomplish something. But every time is an opportunity to do something right.
This time feels like an opportunity to overcome one of my fears. And the opportunity to do it may knock only once.
While my heartbeat is racing and my hands are shaking, I reply, “Yes, I will. What time can I donate?”
Believe it or not, my first ever blood donation is completed in less than 5 minutes.
It only takes me less than 5 minutes to become an instrument of help for others. And it only takes me less than 5 minutes to overcome the fear I long have. WOW!
As humans, it is in our nature to avoid what we know is going to be painful. But it is also in our deeper nature to get out of our comfort zone, to find answers to our what-ifs, and to confront the things that make us afraid.
For when we confront the things that make us afraid, we slowly make ourselves braver and more confident. Over time it will vanish as though we never fear it. Then a sense that everything is possible will help us accomplish the things we thought impossible.
With the right reason in mind and for the right purpose, we will be able to overcome anything that holds us back.
Do not be afraid to give it a try.
If you will be given 5 minutes or more, what fear you have would you try to overcome? Comment them down below, let’s chat!
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