Expose yourself to your deepest fear;
after that, fear has no power,
and the fear of freedom
shrinks and vanishes. You are free.
I had to read this a couple of times, and then I loved it. You see, a long time ago, I was terrified of heights. I didn't know what to do or how to overcome it. I couldn't go up on high edges because I imagined myself falling off.
I had some friends who believed that the best way to treat my problem was with a healthy dose of rock climbing. I learned to climb. Small heights at first, and finally larger ones. I have climbed in Las Vegas, Colorado, Utah and California, as well as all around the state of Arizona. I have climbed in the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite. I have stood at Toroweap and looked down to the river far below. I learned to overcome my fear until it had no power to control me.
I can't say that I am completely over my worries of heights, but they don't stop me from doing what I enjoy anymore. I am more willing to hike and be outdoors. I am more willing to look over the top of a canyon. I still worry about the kids falling, but I have stopped worrying about falling myself.
I have had some amazing experiences all while overcoming my greatest fear. I have seen beautiful places, and beautiful things. I have had moments that I will cherish for the rest of my life. Sunrises and Sunsets, Vistas and views all within my reach as I struggled and learned and overcame.
The fear is gone and I am truly free.