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Own your fear

May 26, 2010


So, exams are upon you. Panic has set in and right now you’re probably just taking a break from staring at your book thinking that you’re never going to make it. I want to tell you that you will. No matter what, you’ll “make it”. It might not be on this path laid down for you by others. You might have to make your own path. But, make it you will.

These exams will not break you unless you let them. And whenever you think they might, know that humans are a lot tougher than we ever imagine. As humans we can suffer the most unimaginable things and survive. On the horror scale, exams are pretty low.

So here’s a neat trick that I learned at one point in my life, to deal with things that seemed scary at the time. Make a picture, in your mind, about the “horror” of whatever it is you fear. Think about that picture and hold it for a few moments. Then imagine you’re a photographer, putting a camera lens between yourself and the “horror”. It’s taking a step back, making the picture in your mind a little smaller, more distant. Feel yourself moving the lens of the camera to make the picture even more distant as you zoom out. The picture gets smaller and more distant. Move it closer by zooming in, try changing the filter, the colours, add a splash of different colour. When you are satisfied with your picture, imagine taking a photo, just as if you were working that camera. Imagine printing the picture out and then fold it up and slip it in your pocket. Now you own your fear.

Owning your fear gives you the power to try things you would not normally think possible.

So return to your books and own them too.

All the best…

Susan Ramsay is the Young Post editor. Through this column she shares her life experiences in the hope that it will inspire Hong Kong teenagers.

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 27, 2010 12:52 pm

    By Clara Wong Ho-yi, Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

    I am a Form Six student. I was depressed over the past few weeks so I thought about the true meaning of life. We have a packed schedule, which includes homework, tutorial classes, and piano and swimming lessons. We seldom have time to take a deep breath and think about what we are really looking for in our lives.

    I felt that studying was meaningless and exhausting because, despite all my efforts, I just could not make any progress. But things changed after I talked to a person who I respect a lot. She asked me what’s really important in my life.

    I thought about it and realised that we ignore others’ feelings because of our never-ending desire for money and success.

    After that, I was inspired. Many of us cannot handle the daily stress and have no clear goal in life. It’s time for all of us to stop for a second and find the source of happiness.

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