What’s your biggest fear? You don’t have any? Lies you tell. Can you guess what film inspired me to write this post?
That’s right: “It”. In my opinion, it’s not the scariest film. It doesn’t live up to the hype. However, it does tackle some pretty interesting topics. Having said that, it was more of a coming of age tale for me than a scary flick.
Let’s take a look at Pennywise. What makes him so scary and strong? Little children and their fears. So, for those who haven’t seen the film, Pennywise is a demon in the shape of a clown. Although he does a preference for children, he eats teenagers too. (If you don’t want any spoilers then stop reading.)
However, he doesn’t just eat the children. No, he likes to terrorize them before he kills them. Let’s say, fear is like seasoning for the meat. I know it sounds terrible, but I wasn’t the one who wrote the book (Stephen King did).
Now, to what conclusions did I come after after watching “It”? Take a look.
Fears Are Often Not Real
I’m not trying to say that there is no such thing as danger. There are things that we should be afraid of. However, I’m talking about those cases where we hesitate because of our “fears”. How many of you never tried/pursuit something because you were too afraid to fail? Those are the fears that I’m talking here today. When we are little kids our fears usually take the form of “something”. However, when we grow up our fears become linked to action and consequence.
Don’t Feed Your Fears
Back to the film. The more the kids were afraid of their hallucinations, the stronger Pennywise became. The same happens in real life, when we feed our fears the stronger they become. What’s the danger of feeding this feeling? We become crippled by it. We stop taking actions towards what we really want and just back off. This is what fear does to us, it stuns you (not in a good way).
Walk With Your Fears
From personal experience, I don’t believe we can walk away, forget or ignore our fears. So what can one do? Walk with your fears. Fear is a like chronic disease. It never really goes away and it gets you the most when you are feeling weak. Therefore, my suggestion is: just walk with it. “It” is always going to be there, whether you like it or not. But if you acknowledge “It”, and say: “I know you are there, but I don’t care” you’re the one that becomes powerful.
Having said that, next time you find yourself crippled by fear remember this: “It” is always going to be there, but it’s up to you to “feed” it or not.