Fear – guest post by Sam (my hobbit)

Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.” –Dune

When I decided to go back to school I was fairly certain it was the right decision. But after a few weeks of thinking about it, I became almost paralyzed with fear. What if I couldn’t do it? How could I compete with other hearing and sighted individuals? And the most disturbing fear of all was this: What if I’m not actually as smart as I think I am? What if I have vastly overestimated my own intellectual prowess?

Well, after two full semesters at Houston Community College I can now confidently say that yeah, I can do this. I have to rely on someone to caption the lectures in real time, I miss most of the visual aids like blackboard, movies, and overhead projectors. And I still managed to outperform most (and sometimes all) of the other students in my class. The point isn’t that I am awesome, although I clearly am. The point is that fear can cripple your chances of success more than being physically crippled. Don’t let fear rule your life or ruin your life. Don’t just dream it, dare to make it a reality.