When Fear Stops You, Let a Community Move You

Facing fears is a motto for us.  We also encourage others to face their fears.  It is not any easy thing to do.  It is an extremely empowering and often life changing thing to do!  An email came in that made me think about facing fears even more.  A woman named Heather Von St. James messaged me to ask that I write a blog for a special holiday- Leaving Lung Day.  She is an 11-year survivor of a very rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos called mesothelioma.   Heather has since dedicated her life to mesothelioma advocacy.  Her moving story was full of emotion and courage, I was honored that she reached out to me.   Have a look at her inspirational message and determination that will inspire you.   Please share your stories of facing fears with the help of others.  Fear can stop you but a community can move you!

I’m sharing a collection of RoarLoud moments, every time we faced fears we had the support of others.  We are thankful for all the support we have to face fears of all kinds.

Fight your fears and you’ll be in battle forever.  Face your fears and you’ll be free forever.  – Lucas Jonkman

Frank has impressed me with his ability to face his fears.  He is very afraid of heights yet hiking with me he has conquered challenging trails like Knife Edge- see the photo below for why it got that name!

He also went onto the ledge at Bondcliff not once but twice.  I think he leaned over to freak me out!  We shared that experience in this article about the best hike in New Hampshire.

When Fear Stops You, Let a Community Move You

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
– Nelson Mandela

I had to face some of my own fears after he showed so much effort to face his fears.  My fear is going under water.  The Tough Mudder obstacle race had me facing that fear 3 times on the course.  Frank was right there cheering me on!  I would have taken the electric shock a few times to skip any of the water obstacles.  Read about how a community of friends helped me complete that challenging race.

When Fear Stops You, Let a Community Move You

When Fear Stops You, Let a Community Move You
Team work everywhere on this wall from anyone who was at the top!

If you want to go fast go alone.  If you want to go far go together.  – African Proverb

This is a perfect quote for our experience on Mt. Kilimanjaro, we relied on our group of friends for encouragement every day.  The guides and porters truly helped us reach the summit with emotional and physical support the whole 7 day journey.  We thank the guides and porters for all they did in this blog.

When Fear Stops You, Let a Community Move You

The fears we don’t face become our limits.  – Robin Sharma

Our expedition to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro was life altering in so many ways.  The fears and apprehensions we had were almost as large as the mountain itself.  Being able to overcome them has changed our perspective on everything.  No…we still have a great many fears, but we look at them differently now.  We don’t let fear consume us.  We don’t focus on the negatives.  Most importantly, we know that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a confidence that you will be supported by others the same as you would support them.

When Fear Stops You, Let a Community Move You

When Fear Stops You, Let a Community Move You
When Fear Stops You, Let a Community Move You

About Cathy

Cathy (aka “Wildcat”) is not your typical travel/adventurer. Whether it is traveling across the globe or exploring her beloved White Mountains of New Hampshire, this mother of 4’s curious nature has led her to find adventure everywhere she goes. Her blog RoarLoud.net was first started to chronicle the training and journey to the “Rooftop of Africa” – Mt. Kilimanjaro. Since that time, RoarLoud.net has expanded to highlight everything connected with the unique and fascinating adventures a Wildcat can find. She shares with her readers tips, advice, and encouragement to find their strength and inner “ROAR”.
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4 Comment

  1. Some really inspirational experiences, and such a great attitude to have. Knifes edge trail certainly looks pretty fearsome!

    1. That trail is incredible, so empowering when you are done it:) Thanks for reading!

  2. Completely agree about the power of community. Your article brings to mind this quote: “The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers & cities; but to know someone who thinks & feels with us, & who, though distant, is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.”
    ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

    1. Thank you for sharing that beautiful quote! Love it!

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