Atychiphobia

So I have approximately 15 minutes before I have to go to calculus class. I’ll make this quick. I used to think that I had atychiphobia. Atychiphobia is the fear of failure. It’s the fear of failing and becoming a big, fat loser. It’s a phobia relating to the persistent, irrational, and unwanted fear of failure. But once I got online, read about it and looked into it I decided to undiagnose myself with this phobia. Some of the effects of atychiphobia are being unwilling to try new things or someone who quits things rather than fails at them. And this totally isn’t me. I’m not afraid to try new things or to leap into the unknown. I’m always down for an adventure or a good time and I’d rather try hard and fail than quit and “not fail” because to me, quitting is failing. I guess what I’m trying to say here is yes, I do have fears. I want to get into a stellar college and be “successful” in life and achieve things and excel. I’m afraid of failure in the long run. But who isnt?! That’s part of taking chances and living life. I don’t think I really have a fear of failure because I’ve failed at a ton of things. I’ve failed at academic decathlon, I’ve failed at asking my crush out in the first grade, I’ve failed at painting my nails. I’ve failed at gymnastics and ballet and writing with my left hand and trying to draw a hand. The good thing is that my failures have just led me onto a new path, one destined for success. I still fear failure sometimes, but I never let it become a debilitating or crippling thing. In fact, my fear of failure is simply a reminder for me to strive to be my best. So next time you’re afraid you might fail at something just remember it’s okay to fail sometimes, as long as you get back up and keep trying and keep fighting for the things you love to do.

Loads of Love

-P

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