The other day I saw the phrase “Do One Thing Everyday That Scares You” printed on a notebook. While this isn’t a new phrase to me or probably anyone for that matter, it got me thinking: how hard of a task is this to actually accomplish? I mean it’s not like on a day-to-day basis we have the time or resources to conquer fears like jumping out of a plane or hiking Everest. Maybe on the smaller scale we are talking things like striking up a conversation with strangers or going a day without coffee (hey, this might be a real horror to some). So I tried to think of any little things that scare me and I came up with the following:
Wearing lipstick. Whenever I see people wearing lipstick I think it looks great but I have never been someone to wear a lot of makeup so whenever I wear stuff that’s more dramatic, I feel like I look silly. I can’t decide if its just not my style or if I just am not used to that look on me.
Taking my child out into public. At first it was because of germs but now that she’s 3 months it’s been more that I’m afraid of bothering others with the sound of a crying baby, not to mention the myriad of other obstacles (hello, dreaded blowout!). This is funny because while I have the desire to take her everywhere and I certainly want to her to expose her to new environments, the unpredictability of her mood and ordeal that comes with feeding/changing has kept me from venturing out into public for extended periods of time up to this point. I’ve taken her for short trips to places like the mall or Target during naps but I’ve always left and headed home at the first sign that she starts fussing.
Sparing the life of spiders that make their way into my house and releasing them back outdoors. I’m really big on respecting and preserving the life of living things but I usually draw the line at spiders in my living space. Every time I have spared a spiders life, I’m later left wondering if it has made its way into my bed to gnaw on me while I sleep. But what I need to do is face my fears by catching and releasing the little boogers back into their natural habitat unharmed.
I know the point that Eleanor Roosevelt was really trying to make was that you should strive to do things on a daily basis that push you out of your comfort zone and to stop avoiding situations simply because of fear because you are more than likely missing out on something much greater. Like her hubs FDR said, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself”. So take risks, say yes, do stuff that maybe makes you a little uncomfortable (within reason of course) because fear is often what stands in the way of reaching ones potential badassness.
So it looks like its time I start taking baby girl out more, all while wearing lipstick.
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