This post was originally published on May 14, 2015 on On February 3, 2017 it was migrated to Medium.

The process of spreading to a larger area or greater number.

A little while ago, this blue eye’d cheese enthusiast and I went to go check out the new hot spot in town. While the white brick walls, abundance of succulents and the gold Elektra espresso machine were enough to pique my interest…the name also caught my attention.

Propagation. The act or process of spreading to a larger area or greater number.

The word as the ability to be used in multiple scenarios and situations, and my mind started stirring. I started wondering, if I could spread one idea or belief of mine…what would it be? I could name thousands of ideas I’d love to share. But in that moment, the first thing that popped into my head was ‘moving through fear’.

Moving through Fear

Fears are as silly as they are important (Boggarts…). But, what I mean is that I believe there are two types of fears.

Fear can keep you safe and motivated to excel beyond them and move you towards thing you want. Fear can also be dangerous, because they can paralyze you with self-doubt and make you worry about things that may or may not ever happen.

Lately, I’ve been asking my friends “What is your biggest fear?” and I find it interesting that we all have similar fears. Losing loved ones, failure, disappointment, being perceived as stupid, ending up alone. I think what we identify as our biggest fear depends on what’s most important to us at a particular part of our life.

Mine? Currently, my biggest fear is getting stuck in one place, in one mindset, in one thing. It’s not being able to move physically or mentally. This scares me because I thrive off of the variety of experiences: good, bad, exhilarating, calm, funny, serious, successes, failures. I know that as long as I keep moving, I can keep learning…even if I’m moving through things that scare me.

Anyways, back to Propagation

The coffee spot. Good coffee. Good company. Good thoughts…that’s all.

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