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 Jessica from BeYOUtiful Beauty. Read her fearless story below!
Beyoutiful Beauty is a positive, judge-free zone where I gush about beauty, makeup, Netflix, my favorite things, my adorable little dachshund/black lab named Bella and so much more. It’s a place where everyone should feel free to be exactly who they are, whether that means wearing makeup or not. We are all beautiful as we are, right now!
What does being fearless mean to you?
Being fearless to me means doing what you think is right and not worrying about what other people think. It’s also about taking risks and making mistakes on the journey to becoming the best version of yourself.
Share a story where you had to overcome a fear.
When I was 12 or 13, I went on an elder-hostel trip with my grandma in Minnesota in the middle of winter. We did a lot of active activities, some indoors and some outdoors. My fearlessness was really put to the test on this trip while on an obstacle course that ended in a zip line. Almost everyone else on the trip completed the challenge basically in no time. I’m not really afraid of heights, but this scared me because I had never done anything like it before.
There were a variety of things we had to walk over or cross to get to the next area on the outdoor obstacle course. Oh, and these obstacles were really high off the ground. I was in a harness and everything, but this straight up terrified me. I was one of the first kids to go, but I absolutely froze when we had to walk across basically a tight rope. I know now there was no way I could fall because of the harness and everything, but no one could convince me of that at that moment.
I honestly felt like I couldn’t do it, so I didn’t make more than a few steps before I had to go back on the platform. Then I had to wait for all the other kids to pass me before I could walk back over the obstacles I’d already done so I could get back on the ground. I was absolutely humilated, and I was fighting back tears the whole time that I was the only person who couldn’t do it.
When I got back with the rest of the group, my head hung low and I was still fighting back tears. My grandma hugged me and cheered and congratulated me on doing my best. I kept saying how I was the only one who couldn’t do it, and she said that didn’t matter. All that mattered is that I did the best that I could.
That was definitely a big turning point for me because it taught me that even if I was terrified of doing something, as long as you try and do your best, you should still be proud of yourself.
Whose fearlessness do you admire and why?
I really admire my younger sister. She’s seven years younger than me, and she’s had to overcome so much to become the beautiful woman she is today. We have very opposite personalities, and she went to my old school and had a lot of my same teachers, who would often compare to her to me. My sister has ADHD and traditional school didn’t work well for her, and a lot of people (including family members) said she’d never graduate high school or do anything with her life. Now she works two jobs and is in school full time, and she’s just amazing. She isn’t afraid of anything, and I love how spunky, sarcastic and hilarious she is. She could’ve let life get the best of her or she could’ve listened to everyone who told her she would fail, but she didn’t. She is the most fearless person I know, and I am just so proud of her.
What song makes you feel fearless?
I love “Secrets” by Mary Lambert. She is unapologetically herself, and she doesn’t care what people think of her. We shouldn’t have to hide parts of ourselves to try to make someone else happy. Who doesn’t need to hear that from time to time?
Also, I made a self-love playlist on Spotify, and it always helps to make me feel better and pump me up! Listen to it by clicking here.
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