Fear can be controlling, paralyzing. It holds power and the ability to make us act in ways that surprise us. Some of us hide, some of us fight. This type of fear isn’t the fear of a giant spider like the many scattering our tall ceilings and eat me while I’m sleeping. This is the type of fear that comes with the fight for survival, the uncertainty of whether your life will go on much longer and the fear of not knowing where your loved ones are – a feeling only a handful of the world knows too well. This corner of the world lived under this power for years and the PTSD that resulted is a daily reminder of how paralyzing fear can be. I cannot speak for the survivors of war or their stories and struggles but in the work I do, I’ve heard again and again how fear changes people. Through fear, we earn resilience and through resilience we move on.

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