The Three Demons

Hello, my dear.

You do not know who I am, but I know you. I am one of the three demons that were assigned to you at birth. You see, some people in this world are destined for greatness, destined to live happy, fulfilling lives. You, I am afraid, are not one of those people, and it is our job to make sure of that.

Who are we?

Allow me to introduce us:

Shame is my younger brother, the demon on your left shoulder. Shame tells you that you will never fit in. Shame is the one who makes you hate yourself. Shame basically tells you that any new idea, thought or action, other than the ordinary is wrong. Shame will make sure you feel awkward whenever you try out some great new idea.

Fear sits on your right shoulder. He is my older brother, as old as life itself. Fear fills every dark corner with monsters, turns every stranger on a dark street into a murderer. He tells you it is better not to try than let people see you fail. Fear will make sure you never realize your real potential. Fear makes you build your own prison, where you shall live your whole life.

Who am I, then? I am the worst of your demons, but you see me as a friend. You turn to me when you have nothing else, because I live in your heart. I am the one who forces you to endure. The one who prolongs your torment.

Sincerely, Hope .