A Protection Cloak

I was in a tough spot in life. My fears were shackles tying me down to thoughts that were paralyzing me from following my heart and living the life I wanted. When I thought about taking a plunge toward the move I dreamed about for so long, fear would overcome my head and heart. I saw the FEARLESS key in a random little shop and knew it was meant for me.

I wore FEARLESS for months, it made me feel empowered and reminded me that fears were in my head and I had the power to overcome them with my thoughts. It made me feel like I was wearing a protection cloak - I never left home without it.

A few months ago my cousin was going off to the US Coast Guard boot camp after finding out he'd passed all the tests and made it in. My family celebrated his accomplishments at a party that night with hugs and kisses, drinks and singing.

Toward the end of the night he stood in front of me, picked up my necklace and said "why are you wearing your jeep key on your neck?". I laughed and told him about The Giving Keys. He looked at me and said "Fearless ... huh? I mean ... if you were going to give that to me - I don't even know if they'd let me keep it".

Before he spoke a word I knew I was going to give it to him - it was perfect, it was meant to be that I would give it to him as he embarked on the scariest few months ever- he needed the Fearlessness more than me.

The academy was tough, but he made it through. When we gathered at his house upon his return from graduation, a handsome photo of him in his dress blues was proudly displayed in the living room, and on the photo frame hung The Giving Key I'd given him.