I'M TRYING TO BE LESS PHOBIC
AND I'M AFRAID
IT'S NOT GOING WELL.
(Henry McNeely, Stark Raving Mad)
I'm a big chicken. I'm afraid of a lot of things - some are pretty common, pretty "normal." Others are kind of weird. And a few keep me in the running for Princess Phobia of Crazy Town.
But over the years, I've seen how those fears have held me back - from doing something I wanted to try. From saying something I wanted to say. From saying something I needed to say. From taking more chances. From being me. From being free.
It's an awful feeling - knowing you're not living up to your potential, knowing you're not being your best because of fear, because of worry.
I've managed to conquer some of those fears. And although new ones rush in to take their places, they're not as strong as they think. We're stronger than our fears. We're stronger than we think we are.
Let's do our best to remember that this week . . . and always.
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If one of your fears is heights or germs or reading horror novels, meet Henry McNeely, (played by Neil Patrick Harris,) from one of the most underrated TV shows I've ever watched - Stark Raving Mad. Starring Tony Shaloub as horror writer Ian Stark, and Harris as his new editor, it was smart and clever and often laugh-out-loud funny. And it was created by Steven Levitan of Modern Family fame. I still can't believe it only aired for one season, 1999-2000.
Here's the first five minutes of the pilot....
And in case you now have to see what happens, here's the whole first episode....