Athena confronts the idea of fear in this reflective vignette. She offers commentary on an imagined reality in which one is free of social pressure or distractions. Her writing cleverly balances the daily fears we might carry alongside the freedom of relinquishing these anxieties. Her final lines ring with confidence and challenge her readers to explore this question for themselves. What would you do if you had no fear?
Badgerdog Teaching Artist
What would I do if I had no fear?
I would skydive from above cotton candy clouds, and I would swim side by side with dolphins against the harsh waves. I would trek through a mossy rainforest and ski down the steepest slopes. I would shout my beliefs to the world.
And I would do so without having a sinking feeling in my stomach, without having slippery palms.
I would do everything I want, and there would be no looming prospect of death, no possibility of humiliation shading my vision.
I would have the ability to live in the moment as it is, instead of feeling flames tickling my cheeks. I would feel brave and alive. I would feel adrenaline coursing through my body, and the claws of a strong wind digging into my face.
If I had no fear, I would be free to accept my life as it is laid down before me.