I recently saw this quote on Instagram “Dare to do the things that scare you.” I think we all deal with fear of the unknown. Recently I had lunch with a good friend and I was telling her I was scared about something. I don’t even remember what it was, but I remember the look of relief on her face. When I noticed her expression I told her, “We are all scared, all the time.” Granted, if we are lucky our fears are small; however, even facing small fears can give us courage in our daily lives.
I remember one time I was taking one of my son’s friends home, and on the drive we were visiting. I asked what his plans were for the summer and the fall. I told him we have to try new things so we can see what we like and don’t like. He had done Boy Scouts and baseball for several years, and he was ready for a break. In the summer he was going to a basketball camp at our local university and then playing football in the fall.
When I think about my life, I realize that sometimes I do things because I am ready for something new, but other times I do them because I’m kind of scared and I want to push myself a little. Here are a few examples:
Last summer we moved to a new town after living in our old house and town for 12 1/2 years. It was a really great move for our family.
I read Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. I had never read anything by a Russian author. Also, the book was two large volumes. (I do want to note that I really enjoyed it. Tolstoy has such a keen insight into human character.)
I participated in two 5Ks. I walked one and walked/jogged the other.
I went to an auction at my favourite floral shop. I bid by myself and got several things I love.
I drove to Denver, stayed in a hotel, navigated my way through DIA’s parking lots and terminals. (It’s such a huge airport!) I then flew to Seattle to see my best friend from college.
Very recently, I got certified as a grand proposal writer. It was scary going back to school. I taught college classes for over seventeen years, and I am use to being the teacher, not student. It went very well, and I am pleased I earned my certification.
Overall, pushing myself a little (or a lot) has yielded positive results. I encourage you to push yourself a little. When you are scared and go forward anyway, you grow. You gain confidence and courage every time you face the unknown..