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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at CWU chapter.

When we think of fears, some may think of the typical irrational fears such as fear of spiders, needles, the dark, or germs. But what if you dug a little deeper past those small fears and thought there was something bigger? A life-changing fear? I never really thought about this until I was recently asked the basic question, what is your biggest fear? 

A few weeks ago at my Central Washington University Sisters meeting, we were doing a mind mapping activity and were challenged to map out the next year, our future, or whatever came to our mind. During this activity, we were all going around and asking each other questions about life and one girl had asked, “what is your biggest fear?”. Some had answered that their biggest fear was dying, being alone forever, drowning, and burning to death. Some of those things did in fact scare me, but when I thought a little harder, I was truly fearful of whether I would make my mark in this world.  It was terrifying. What would happen if I did not live my life to its full potential?

This whole idea got me thinking about what happens if we do not make the most of our lives. Would there be feelings of happiness or regret? I would 100% feel regretful and I would wonder what more I could have done. I know that living a full life would mean pushing myself to do better, getting out of my comfort zone, and making memories with the ones I love. But I feel my main purpose is to help others. With going to school and wanting to become a dietician and a diabetes educator for kids, my hope is to help others and hopefully make a difference in a few people’s lives. I think as you grow up you start thinking less about yourself and more about what you can do for others.

What might turn out as a simple question might have a more in-depth answer. My advice is to change the world around you. Try to live your life to the fullest and never be afraid of what lies ahead. Don’t let your fears limit your experiences. Be bold and make a difference in people’s lives. Envision what you want your future to look like and make it a good one.

My name is Katelyn Richardson. I am 29 years old. I am currently attending Central Washington University studying for my Master's in food and sciences to become a nutritionist and later a diabetes educator for kids. I've been personally battling type 1 diabetes since I was six years old. I love being outside, vintage shopping, watching movies, and going to stock car races! I love being a Her Campus Contributor because it gives me a platform to talk about current issues, topics I'm passionate about & real-life relatable experiences.