Fear is a prison. That prison can be a mental one or an emotional prison. Last week I went to the deli located at the lobby where I work. As most delis during lunch time, it was loud & noisy. I ordered my food & I waited to be called. The gentleman behind the counter yelled “fish taco!” & looked directly at me. I walked up to the counter, grabbed my food & began to walk towards the door. It wasn’t until I heard someone yell REALLY loud “Ma’am!” that I turned around. When I turned around the man who had given me the food looked infuriated. He said to me, “That is hers” & he pointed to another lady. Apparently there was a lady who had ordered the same thing but she was there before me. He had accidentally given me her food. I replied, “Oh okay, no problem” & I handed the food to the very nice lady who looked rather embarrassed for me. The man behind the counter continued & said, “I’ve only been calling you really loud & you kept walking towards the door ignoring me” to which I replied even louder “Excuse me, but I have a hearing problem & I did not hear you!”. Needless to say everyone literally turned their faces & he looked both stressed & speechless. I took a step back to breathe & waited to be called on again. Once my food was ready, he called me & said “I’m sorry.” I said “Not a problem. It’s okay”. After that, I thought to myself, “I don’t want to go to that deli ever again.” Well, yesterday, I had to go there because I forgot my lunch at home & I didn’t feel like driving anywhere else for food. When the man handed me my food this time, he nearly bowed to me, lol. It was awkward but I’m glad that I went back. Instead of running away, I faced my fear. I didn’t let it keep me in that old mental prison that I used to live in. Most of you know that I suffer from hearing loss. Although I use hearing aids, they do not fix the issue 100%. As a matter of fact, I think my hearing is getting worse. Either way, I refuse to live in a mental prison of fear like I did before I had my hearing aids. I choose to shake off that fear & live with intention and purpose. What are you shaking off today that you feel wants to hold you down?