I feared being alone until

I learned to like myself.

I feared failure until I realised that

I only fail when I don't try.

I feared success until I realised
that I had to try in order to be

happy with myself.

I feared people's opinions until

I learned that people would

have opinions about me anyway.

I feared rejection until I learned to
have faith in myself.

I feared pain until I learned that
it's necessary for growth.

I feared the truth until I saw the
ugliness in lies.

I feared life until I
experienced its


I feared death until I realised that it's
not an end, but a beginning.

I feared my destiny, until I realised that
I had the power to change my life.

I feared hate until I saw that it was

nothing more than ignorance.

I feared love until it touched my heart,

making the darkness fade into endless

sunny days.

I feared ridicule until I learned how to

laugh at myself.

I feared growing old until I realised that
I gained wisdom every day.

I feared the future until I realized that
life just kept getting better.

I feared the past until I realised that
it could no longer hurt me.

I feared the dark until I saw the

beauty of the starlight.

I feared the light until I learned that the
truth would give me strength.

I feared change, until I saw that
even the most beautiful butterfly

had to undergo a metamorphosis
before it could fly.

"Lessons of Life," written and designed by Bobette Bryan, 2000