“A loved one warned me to ‘be ready to die’ if I went to the Capitol building, telling me, ‘It’s just not worth it,'” she wrote.
Gorman wrote, “Yet while the inauguration might have seemed like a ray of light, this past year for many has felt like a return to the same old gloom. Our nation is still haunted by disease, inequality and environmental crises. But though our fears may be the same, we are not.”
As Gorman reflected on the terror she had experienced before performing, she conveyed confidence in navigating her fear. She urged Americans to embody a similar approach in the face of unease, writing, “If you’re alive, you’re afraid. If you’re not afraid, then you’re not paying attention. The only thing we have to fear is having no fear itself — having no feeling on behalf of whom and what we’ve lost, whom and what we love.”
Gorman shared that she still grapples with her fears “every day” but concluded on an evocative note: “Fear can be love trying its best in the dark. So do not fear your fear. Own it. Free it.”