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Fear is the backbone of freedom. It is the foundation of joy. Behind almost every triumphant summit selfie is at least one moment of self-doubt, one moment when we ask ourselves "Can I really do this?" Everyday life is full of those moments too - often more so. On a rock climb, hopefully there is only one really scary or really difficult part, but in any given day you could have a number of scary conversations, risky confrontations, and face any number of fears and stressors. My ability to act courageously in the face of these fears has gotten better, but it's not easy for me, and even little acts of courage make me feel absolutely exhilarated. But even though it's hard, I'm learning that these small acts of courage are the threads weaving together a life worth living.