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Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- If you are reading this, you are in the military, have been in the military, or are affiliated with someone in the military. If you fall into any of those categories, you know something about fear. You know about the fear of moving to a new place away from family and friends. You are familiar with fear about a pending or current deployment. We deal with fear in the ins and outs of our everyday lives. Fear can sometimes be an ally. It can often keep us from making bad decisions. More often than not, however, fear can be crippling. It can keep us from living our lives to the fullest, pursuing certain passions or dreams, or being who we were meant to be. Fear keeps us from being our best selves.

We all want to be our best. We all have goals and dreams that we strive for and to which we aspire. Do not let fear cripple your life. To be afraid is to be handicapped by the unknown. I am not a risk taker. I prefer the safe and easy route to taking chances. Nevertheless, I left a profession that I had been in for 5 years, and that my family had been in for almost 100 years and made the decision to join the United States Air Force. You can imagine that there was some fear that was involved there, but I don’t regret a day of it. The point is that to achieve what we are really seeking in life, we have to take a chance. What we really desire out of life isn’t more money, more things, or more experiences. What we truly desire out of life is fulfillment. And fulfillment only comes through the forsaking of fear.