A New Story

“Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me. Insisting on this story was a form of mind control but for the most part it worked. Every time I heard a sound of unknown origin or felt something horrible cohering in my imagination I pushed it away. I simply did not let myself become afraid. Fear begets fear. Power begets power. I willed myself to beget power, And it wasn’t long before I actually wasn’t afraid.”

I happened upon this quote today while perusing some old papers. I like to make notes while I’m reading of passages that really stand out to me, and this one strikes me as much now as it did when I first read it. It’s taken from Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.”  (GREAT book, by the way — a wonderful mix of adventure and personal growth. I highly recommend reading it if you haven’t already.)

Powerful, right? What story will you tell yourself today?