There is a common misconception that to darken a psychologist’s door means to admit one’s own “craziness.” However, what would seem more “insane” is to live a life with feelings of dread, incompleteness, or lack of fulfillment.
Eleanor Roosevelt stated that “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Her words so eloquently highlight that life is intended to be lived without the shadow of fear. Yet so many of us are clouded by fear… fear of what others think about us, our work, and our families. Fear about being significant and relevant on the job. Even fear about the existential question of “who am I?” Although fears are a common fact of life, particularly when we are going through various life changes, sometimes the weight of fear can leave us feeling paralyzed, unmotivated, and guilt ridden. What is one to do with this fear?
The first step is to acknowledge the fear and then to accept the fact that you need not be alone as you question this journey called life. The feeling of aloneness can be alleviated through the support and guidance of a well-trained, empathetic, and encouraging therapist. Therapy is a great solution for finding an environment that will empower you to conquer your fears and face the life questions that may have only recently begun to plague you or even those that seem to have been present for some time. There is much work that can be accomplished within the therapist’s office. However, one of the greatest intangible gifts inherent to the therapy process is insight.
Insight is the heightened awareness of self, as well as a greater understanding of a particular struggle/issue. Provided with the clinical know-how of an effective therapist, you can expect to experience a renewed sense of hope and exhilaration, thereby freeing you from fear and any other stumbling blocks that may be limiting your full potential. Find the courage to live your life fully. Be inspired to live out your life’s purpose. Sometimes all that is needed is to take that first step, as it is often the hardest one! If you feel ready, or would like the desire to be ready to start living your life fully, the therapists here at Focus Forward Counseling and Consulting would be honored to assist you.