"We're all afraid. We just have to get to the point where we understand it doesn't mean that we can't also be brave."
I've been waking up at night a lot...actually for the past 4-5 years...And when I'm doing my best to put the drunken squirrel party in my brain back to sleep, the dragons show up. You know the fears and worries of life, my dragons. At 2 am they are pretty big and scary. I wanted to run and hide and keep the dragons out of my house, out of my life. I didn't want to have them there because they are HUGE and frightening. And they don't leave even if you cry and beg them to leave you alone. I've tried all that. Whining doesn't help with things that scare you. Trust me on that.....
As it turns out....the stuff the dragons brought are probably the very things I needed to face and stop running from ..... And I needed to find a way to make peace because sleep deprivation was not the way to get through life. I needed to turn around and face the dragons right in the eye. It isn't easy for me to do all of that but seriously...I was too tired to live like that. Chronic exhaustion sucks. Chronic fear sucks more.
I decided to entertain the dragons..Welcome to my bedroom, have a seat and let's talk a bit. Stop being scary and just let me get used to you so I can stop running..... And they did. With my heart beating and my brain screaming RUN! I let the fears settle in and put them in an order I could deal with one at a time. As I loosened my grip they got a little less scary. And my time spent wrestling with them in the middle of the night shortened. The less I fought, the easier the struggle became until it was just truths wanting to be heard and accepted.
I started to eat better, exercise and that helped but mostly I just listened to the fears and told them we would be okay. I stopped running from, fighting with and being afraid of the dragons. I decided that all these things that scared me the most were the very things I needed to embrace. I decided to stand strong, to be brave and to ride my dragons. To let them become part of my strength. To fly.
And ride them I have. I'm not saying fear doesn't come creeping in at night anymore. It does, there are some big scary but amazingly honest things ahead, that is how life works. Big scary amazing things and I'm okay with that. I don't have all the answers and I never will, it takes a bit of faith, bravery and trusting your dragon to face what is coming your way. Don't be afraid of what frightens you, don't fight dragons in the night, don't run from anything. Get some sleep, be brave and for goodness sake ride your dragon through the night sky.