My little sister is fearless. Which is amazing to think about, since she hasn't even hit three yet. She will climb the tallest tree, jump down the longest slide, pet the deadliest snake, and do it all with a smile on her face, and without a trace of doubt in her face. She is courageous. And she has little knowledge of what she's facing, but that doesn't stop her from trying to learn how to tackle the obstacle in front of her.
She does have fears though. The weirdest things. Well at least in my opinion. To her, they are life-threatening objects that could potentially seize the normal life she's grown to accustomed to. The first fear that I saw was the blue glove. The blue glove was a doctor's latex glove. My dad took it out to blow it up, and she quickly recognized the glove as dangerous, and proceeded to run to the door and repeat, "No...No...No...Noooooo...Noo....No". It was quite fascinating to see our pint-sized dare devil be scared of something. We brought a blue glove home with us, and soon she became quite accustomed to it. (after several "random" encounters) She soon was not bothered with the once terribly frightening threat, and continued to live her life.
She is my role model right now because of her innocence, curiosity, and ability to overcome fears so easily. As adults, we tend to ignore our fears, and run when we see them, instead of facing them head on. And they way I see it, our fears, or the ones I'm referring too, are relatively minor in comparison to my sister's fear. Spiders can kill you yes. But the ones that can, are small and rare. How many of you have seen a black widow, and if so, have seen one kill a person. How many of you have seen a harmless spider crawl up your window, from across the room, and scream in panic? But while running for the hills, you still know that the spider is not going to kill you, or most likely harm you in anyway. My sister doesn't understand things like this, but can still overcome a fear of something, she believes to be life-threatening.
If my 2 year old sister can overcome her greatest fear, after facing it head on, can't we as grown humans use the same system to overcome our fears?