My Fear is My Only Courage

Ever catch yourself singing the words wrong to a song? Trick question. We all have, whether we admit it or not. 

I don’t know the scientific reason why we do, but I did discover a possibility while relaxing over a glass of my favorite bubbly - of course

First, we’ll have to back up a few years ago to when my brother and I found our favorite song “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley


Trust me this is going somewhere. We would always sing one verse obnoxiously loud: 


Why? It had a special meaning to us. How cool... fear could actually be your best friend?

Speed up a few years later to us finding out we’ve been singing the lyrics entirely wrong the whole time. Marley actually sings: 

Hold up. We’ve been quoting Bob wrong for years? Why would we think he said that?

After much thought - over another yummy champagne drink - it hit me. I was graduating from High School, terrified of the real world, and my brother was going into his last year of High School, terrified of getting to my stage. We were scared of big changes, but we knew going forward was our only option. “My fear is my only courage” bonded us during our challenges at the time. 

Luckily, this remixed verse came into my life again at age 25. I’ve grasped my fear of failure and am finally embracing my true passion, writing. 

Of course I couldn’t just stop at embracing, I decided to go even further and open my own freelance content writing business on top of writing screenplays. As if that’s easy enough.

This is the most terrifying change I’ve done yet, but I have no doubt my fear will suffice as my courage every step of the way. 

Making up your own words to a song could be a beautiful thing. Here I am, singing “Fear is my only courage,” and doing what I truly love. How can it get any better than that?