This is what I am really afraid of. What is your biggest fear as a researcher today?
I just read this powerful post on LinkedIn (not a new one, but timeless) which captures responses of 65 people to one simple question - What are you afraid of?
This post shares how "Fear can either show us our limitations or teach us about something that we need to overcome. How we perceive it is up to us. One way to move past your fears is knowing that you’re not alone."
This made me take a hard look at myself and how I face, manage, or deal with my fears. I realized that one way to manage your fear is to articulate it - just say it out loud, share it with someone or with a group of people you feel safe with. You will realize that you are not alone.
So here I am - feeling vulnerable - and sharing what I am most afraid of: My biggest fears are:
- Not being able to meet my learning related ambitions
- Not making a difference to/have an impact on anyone in the course of my life
- Losing meaningful friendships because of an entirely online life
I know that dealing with these has been a journey and only I may truly grasp how scary these thoughts are for me. But saying this out loud made me feel better, made me feel visible among others who may feel the same.
So if you would like to try this out with me - What is your biggest fear as a researcher? Or in life?