“The thing that you are most afraid of has already happened.”
I heard this on the podcast “Magic Lessons” with Elizabeth Gilbert; she attributes it to her therapist. The episode was discussing the relationship between creativity and fear of failure.
This makes a whole lot of sense to me because I’ve recently started to understand how much our present fears come from past experiences that left us hurt. That doesn’t mean that none of it is valid or that we should ignore our current fears because they’re ‘not rational’. I think it means that –so long as this process won’t be overly damaging to us right now– we can learn a lot about ourselves by starting to investigate where our fears were planted and fed.