We are all scared, I said.
I know but I’m really scared.
Everything. I’m scared of everything.
Well cut that shit out. A short laugh. Not unkind.
You can. Pick them out one at a time, those fears. A small one first. Take out your sword and your shield and brandish them like a warrior in full flight. Run at it hard. Like your life depends on it. When you get closer you’ll see: it’s not so big. Then pick the next one. Fight those battles.
You can. Here, take my sword. It is old and worn, but sharp like a razor. Straight and true.
You can. You will get stronger after the first one, and the next one, and the one after that. I’m right here. I’ll back you up. You can do this.