In the distant past, our ancestors' healthy dose of fear served to protect them from the far more extreme dangers they faced, like being eaten by predators (saber-toothed tigers, cave bears, snakes, wolves, etc.). That same innate fear response remains within us today, and while the same primal instinct is generally not rooted in survival, its sensations can be just as strong. Unfortunately this fear often holds us back and inhibits us from reaching our full potential.
What is fear?
Fear is the most primal of our emotions, and harnessing it is the key to achieving our greatest success in each facet of our lives. Fear is beneficial in that it can help drive us forward. Plus, by exposing and confronting our fear we take away its ability to control us.
Why face fear?
What we tend to fear most about our own fear is our inability to suppress it, or being made vulnerable by allowing others to see it. What if we proactively sought fear out and welcomed it into the open where we could observe it and even express it to others?
We could then gain some control over it, and its power over us would begin to diminish.
I mean, WHAT is the alternative? Continue to hide/ignore/fight ? No thanks. I would rather capitalize on my fear than be squashed by it.
Imagine what your life would look like if you could conquer your fear. What opportunities might this open up in your life? Think about how liberated you would feel and everything you could accomplish if your fears weren’t holding you back.
- Your fear won’t kill you
- The worst thing that might happen is that you become more afraid. Refer to point #1
- Take comfort in knowing there are others out there who face similar fears
How can we expose fear?
The beloved and late Nelson Mandela once said, “Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.” Powerful words, but what is the first step? How do we even start?
At TAPIN, we believe that in exposing our fears, we take the first step in facing them before they get the best of us, and we move towards harnessing them for good in our lives.
This Friday the 13th, the TAPIN Crew will present its inaugural public art installation: OUT FEAR. TAP IN. This free public art show is a larger-than-life exposé on some of the group's biggest fears. In sharing our biggest fears with others and seeing it outside of ourselves, fear itself becomes less fierce. Through this interactive dialogue we will see the commonalities between what frightens us and learn from each other how to expose fear and live more freely.
By outing fear in this public display we aim to achieve our broader mission of exposing life's range of emotions to tap into their power. Come see the similarities in what we fear, and share with the TAPIN Crew and other observers joining the growing TAPIN community.
So on Friday the 13th – National Fear Day – let’s expose our fears, knowing that it’s the only way to own our lives and live freely.
OUT YOUR BIGGEST FEAR
Friday the 13th is a day that makes our skin crawl with nervous anticipation of our luck going sideways. It’s a day deeply rooted in Western tradition where the monsters and boogiemen of our nightmares take over and where we think twice about doing things for fear of something bad happening.
What if Friday the 13th, historically “National Fear Day,” became “Global OUT FEAR Day,” where we expose our biggest fears once and for all?
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Join us and the TAPIN Community of people who are fed up with hiding and are boldly "Outing Fear" so we can take back our lives.
What is YOUR biggest fear?
Friday the 13th of December, 6-9pm
First Street Green, 33 East 1st Street (2nd Ave. entrance)
New York, NY 10003
Not in NYC or unable to attend and want to join in?
Join our Live Twitter Feed @wetapin and out your fear with us #outfear
Don’t have Twitter and want to join?
Send your biggest fear (140 characters) to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post it for you (anonymously or with your name—you choose).
From the "Best Day Ever" blog by Dana Mauriello
I went to a great brainstorming session for Tap In tonight. It really inspired and energized me to change up my routine with something new tonight, be around really creative people, and wake up my design thinking brain. I hope to bring that energy and inspiration back to work tomorrow. I also loved being around DOERS - it motivated me to act more on my many passion projects. The experience was a wonderful reminder of the power of passion and conviction — the brainstorming leader was incredible passionate and we were all drawn magnetically to her with a desire to do what we can to help her act on her dreams. The bonus best day ever moment was at the end of the night when one of the participants gave me what is surely among the best compliments that I have ever received — she told that I really inspired confidence in everyone else in the room by making them feel smart, encouraged, and positive with my responses to their contributions. I couldn’t be more happy and proud of that. Yay!