I looked the word fear up in the dictionary today. Here's what I found.
1. A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger.
2. A state or condition marked by this feeling: living in fear.
3. A feeling of disquiet or apprehension: a fear of looking foolish.
4. Extreme reverence or awe, as toward a supreme power.
5. A reason for dread or apprehension: Being alone is my greatest fear.
When you really think about it, there are many different kinds of fear, and we've probably all experienced them at one time or another.
I'm thinking back on some that I have experienced. I have experienced the agitation caused by the imminence of danger (real or imagined.) Haven't we all?
Holy cow, I have absolutely experienced the fear of looking foolish, mostly when I was younger; I do so many goofy things. Luckily, as I grow older I am much more accepting of myself, and so, don't worry too much about it.
How about a fear of failure? For some, it holds them back. For others, it forces them forward.
Fear for the wellbeing of someone else. That's a toughie because you usually don't have any control over it.
There's healthy fear; something that keeps you from hurting yourself, or putting yourself in a bad situation.
There is also a "fun" fear (for lack of a better word). Scary movies or books.
Talk to me. About fear. What was your most fearful moment, and what did you do?