I used to be afraid of a lot of things. Not really unrealistic fears like alligators, which I would be afraid of if I lived in say, Florida. And not really the fear of growing old alone, because first of all I didn't and second of all I don't mind being alone as long as I am not lonely.
I had fears instead about being kidnapped, and gas prices, and politics and communism. I had fears that I would be forced to do things I didn't want to do, and that I wouldn't live long enough to fulfill my dreams. I had fears of evil finding its way into my life, and fears of losing myself.
But now I feel like Macaulay Culkin on Home Alone when he runs out to the streets yelling, "I'm not afraid anymore!" Because that is me now.
I don't know when I stopped being so afraid, but I know who it is who released me from my fears. Thank you Kevin, for freeing me from fear and for helping me believe that courage stems from being afraid, not from being brave.
Courage has to start somewhere.