Facing your fears
by Natalie Sun
“The hero is no braver than an ordinary man – but he is braver 5 minutes longer.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
In 2012, I:
– Sang to 200 people
– Learned how to play guitar
– Moved to a different state
– Talked to my childhood crush
– Went to New York
– Hugged a stranger at a zoo
– Hiked one of the hardest peaks in Seattle with no hiking experience
– Went on a blind date
– Learned how to code
After 365 scary (sometimes terrifying) tasks, I do not regret a single thing. Each of them have have made me stretch my comfort zone a little farther, and each of them have made me realize that fear is all in the mind.
The imagination is a wonderful, yet terrible thing. It can stop you from doing something that could significantly change your life for the better by simply asking “What if…”. The simple “What if?” stops you in your tracks, and you refuse to go any further in fear of what could possibly be there. Yet, you realize you never finish the sentence. But when you step back and take the time you answer your own question, there really is no what if. What if…what? What could possibly go wrong?
But…I could tell you everything about my experience. I could tell you every story that I’ve derived from each of my challenges and everything that I’ve gained. I could tell you how I was definitely not the first to do this, and certainly will not be the last. But in the end, you will have to be the one that holds yourself accountable.
Where should you start? Trust yourself. And tell yourself that no matter what happens, you are still you, and you’ll be ok. Count down to 3…and take the leap.
You can’t expect yourself to be someone different if you continue doing the same thing. It’s a simple concept that many people fail to understand. But the sooner you understand this, the sooner you can become the person you want to be.
Life is what you make of it, and it’s up to you to get what you want.
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Happy 2013 🙂
PS: This blog was an effort to hold myself accountable. As a result, the Things That I Plan To Do page will not be forgotten. I plan to finish each and every one of them, so I’ll constantly be updating each task with the dates which they were accomplished. 🙂 Keep checking back!