To me, being fearless doesn’t mean being without fear. I believe being fearless is taking on the things that scare you most. Being fearless means being unafraid and unapologetic about who you are. It means being brave enough to identify what you fear and facing it head on, even when your instincts tell you to run away.
Fearlessness is something that I believe should be admired, which is why I’m so excited to share my latest series with y’all: Fearless Friday! Every Friday, I’ll be sharing stories of brave people and how they’ve faced their fears.
Today, I’d like to introduce y’all to Tianna from Storybook Apothecary. Read her fearless story below!
Hello! My name is Tianna. I’m a blogger, actor, singer and lover of lipstick. I enjoy watching way too much TV and movies, writing, making green smoothies, singing karaoke with friends and creating characters in indie films. Storybook Apothecary is my personal space for sharing all the things in life that I find magical and fun! My main passions that are frequently talked about include green beauty, fashion, TV and movies I love and whatever else strikes me on a given day.
What does being fearless mean to you?
To me, being fearless means doing the things you love, standing up for what you believe in and being your true self in spite of whatever fears, doubts or past experiences you might have.
Share a story where you had to overcome a fear.
When I was a freshman in high school, I was taking a choir class, but it was the first time I had sang in front of anyone in my life as a teenager (my childhood included video taping performances with friends and guilting my family into watching said performances). Our final involved singing the song of our choice a Capella in front of the entire class. When I went up in front of the class to sing my song (Amy Lee’s “My Last Breath” because I was SO DEEP), I forgot the lyrics. My mind just blanked out, and I forgot nearly the entire song because I was so nervous. Mind you, I had practiced in my bathroom for hours leading up to this day.
That said, I eventually remembered a few lines of the song which I sang, and that was it. Although I was completely mortified to have messed up so classically in front of my entire class, I continued to sing and do choir, as well as theater. Nowadays, I sing karaoke, have done many plays and even star in indie films. To this day, I still have anxiety, fear and absolute stage fright when it comes to doing anything in front of other people. I was teased about my singing and performing as a child, and I think I developed a bit of a complex, but I can’t deny that I love to perform. I love singing emotional ballads and creating characters that other people can relate to, so that’s what I hold onto when I’m going up to perform. It’s helped me a lot to remember that this is something I love doing, that I don’t need to be afraid, and, well, what’s the worst that could happen? For me, the worst thing already did and that’s allowed me to realize it’s not as bad as we might think.
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Whose fearlessness do you admire and why?
I really admire the fearlessness of people like Adele and Jennifer Lawrence. Adele doesn’t care about societal pressures or how people might perceive her; she just wants to make great music. Jennifer Lawrence obviously loves acting and seems never to be embarrassed about being her true self.
What song makes you feel fearless?
“Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons. My boyfriend groans every time it comes on the radio because I played it nearly every week for 6 months last year and never got tired of it. My song obsessions are something he clearly doesn’t understand, but it’s a song that inspires me to run harder, do better, and never give up (…because I’m radioactive!).
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