To have fear of a tool does show respect of the tool. However, to let fear rule over respect, then one has no business operating tools until they've learned to control that fear. For some, that may take a long time. There is no shame in saying, "I'm not ready yet" and asking a friend or neighbor for assistance. Safety should always come first even if stepping aside and letting someone help you.
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"Whether active duty, retired, national guard or reserve - is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America", for an amount of "up to and including my life". That is HONOR, and there are way too many people in this country who no longer understand it." -Author Unknown