“Next Friday be ready for the math exam”, said Liam’s teacher. Liam was a good student but he didn’t like important exams. He didn’t want to fail.
The next day, Liam scored 3 goals for his team, Panthers, in the soccer game. His dad, the coach of the team, hugged him and his mother yelled “Great goal, Liam! Let’s go Panthers!”. Liam was very happy. He liked scoring goals. Suddenly he noticed a small dragon sitting with all the parents. The dragon wasn’t smiling and wasn’t cheering. He was just sitting and looking. Liam didn’t like the dragon. He looked scary.
After the game ended the dragon followed Liam to his dad’s car. He sat in the passenger seat just near his dad. Liam was the only one who saw the dragon. His dad and his brother, Bar, didn’t see it.
The dragon also joined Liam to his Tae Kwon Do class and swimming lesson later the same week. Liam had a very good classes but the dragon didn’t smile and just sat there and watched.
On Thursday after bath time, Liam played the Piano. He almost made no mistake and was really proud of himself. The dragon sat on the couch and listened.
Liam went to sleep early. He wanted to be ready for his exam the next day. But he wanted to talk to the dragon.
Liam waited until his brother and dad went to sleep and quietly turned on the living room light. The dragon was there sitting on the couch reading a book.
“Who are you?”, asked Liam.
“I am a dragon”, said the dragon.
“I can see that”, said Liam, “but what is your name?”
“My name is F”, answered the dragon.
“F? what kind of a name is that?”, said Liam. He was confused.
“Well, this is my name. Like it or not”, said the dragon.
“Why are you following me all day?”, asked Liam.
“I am not following you. I am part of you.”, smiled the dragon.
“Part of me? I don’t get it”, said Liam.
“Well, I am your FEARS. I am everything in your mind that is afraid to fail. Not to score goals, not to play the piano good, not to swim well”
“But I don’t like you. I don’t like to fail. Can’t you just go away?”, said Liam.
“Nobody likes to fail. Everyone has his own dragon. But we can be friends”, said the dragon.
“Friends? I don’t want to be friends with my FEARS!”, said Liam.
“I can help you. Whenever you fail an exam, not playing the piano good, or not swimming fast as someone else, remember that EVERYONE has his own dragon. I will help you get up and continue and show you that nothing bad happened. It happens to everyone. Everyone fails once in a while. The important thing is to get up, smile, and continue to your next success.”
Liam smiled. The dragon is not so bad after all. He hugged the dragon and turned off the light. Tomorrow he has an important exam. He want to succeed but even if he fails he will get up, smile and continue.