I would argue that, for most of us, the fear of the unknown is the single greatest fear out there. In it’s entirety, it encompasses nearly every other fear. This fear is what keeps us up at night wondering, questioning and pondering. Sometimes, this fear holds us back because we are unsure of what lies ahead of us, but it can also motivate and encourage us to reach new heights previously unimaginable. It is both our best friend, and our worst nightmare. For this reason, it is a double sided knife (for lack of a better analogy).
Sometimes this fear is simple. We wonder, what will I be like ten years from now? Will I be married? Will I have kids? Naturally, we cannot know what our future holds. These are simple things we ask ourselves.
However, sometimes this fear can be much larger. When we find ourselves between a rock and a hard place, we are forced to make a decision. Both decisions have consequences, not necessarily good nor bad, but there will be an outcome altered because of our decision one way or another. That is when this fear comes into play. At this moment in time, we an unsure if our decision will prompt results that will hurt or benefit us. We are fearful for what is to come, however we cannot know until we act and develop a decision.
But where there is opportunity for danger, I believe there is also opportunity for success. That is where this double sided knife analogy lies. Sometimes the fear of the unknown can motivate us to reach new height; for if we never took a leap of faith when fearful of the unknown, we would never accomplish anything.
Of course, the unknown can be terrifying and convince us to stay inside our comfort zones because we are unsure of what lies ahead of us, however, it does not have to be that way. Oftentimes, it is our choice whether or not we want to make the best of a situation. That is why, in the case of a double sided knife, we must not let the fear decide our futures.