Discover the human voices behind the headlines in the new Huffington Post Original series THE ZAINAB SALBI PROJECT. Zainab Salbi, author, activist, and founder of Women for Women International fearlessly travels the world shedding light on global issues through the incredible personal stories of people who are struggling, surviving and thriving in a sea of conflict. Join Zainab as she explores the uncomfortable questions, shatters stereotypes, and courageously reveals the humanity we all share.
Your letter is not about your ex being a d*ck. If he were a d*ck, you would have stopped thinking about him by now. But you are thinking about him. Almost a year later, and you're reaching out to me, too. You said you shouldn't be thinking about him though. Has someone told you that? Often our friends do.
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Feeling afraid from time to time is entirely human. We are prewired to experience the rush of adrenaline and cortisol that prepares us to defend ourselves or run when we are threatened. It's a survival mechanism that tells your brain to pay attention and your muscles to prepare for danger, and it has been critical to the survival of the human species.
Fear. A four letter word that packs a lot of punch. This little sucker keeps us trapped, playing small and giving up on our dreams. It convinces us of a distorted reality in which we are the victim and only 'bad' things can happen to us. The continual monologue of all things that could, would and will go wrong.