Battling with Fear

Today, I would like to share a blog post by David duChemin, called “The Voice of Fear”. He posted it in 2012, and when I read it first, I was agonising about whether I should push ahead with my first book project. A million unanswered questions went through my head at the time. What if I can’t find sufficient funding? What if I struggle to make sufficient photographs? What if, in the end, nobody buys the book? I needed a lot of prodding and eventually decided to go ahead. And part of the reason for making this decision was this blog entry, which I had printed and hung up next to my office desk, so that I could read it whenever doubts were creeping in.

Now, just over two years later, my book has been published and I pinch myself from time to time, thinking it might all have been a dream. But it isn’t. I look back on the whole process, and despite the difficulties I encountered along the way, it was the most exhilarating and satisfying thing I have done for a long time. I feel almost embarrassed now, looking at those fears I had before I began. Why is it, that they grip us and have such power over us?

I have many ideas now of what to do next, and of course my fears are back with me, “muttering from the shadows”, as David puts it. But having tasted sweet victory over them, I am ready to do battle again!

Light and Shadow