Posted on | August 22, 2012 | 9 Comments
It’s a noble goal, isn’t it? To do one thing every day that scares you. It’s something to aim for, that’s for sure. But for now, for me, I think just doing one thing that scares you any old time is enough. There’s some truth to the fact that if you aren’t scared you aren’t pushing yourself enough. Certainly a person shouldn’t be in constant fear all the time because that sounds like a terrible life. But some fear, every once and awhile, can be really, really good. There’s something so gratifying about having fear, finding the strength to face it and then coming out on the other side better and stronger. I happen to really like that feeling (that’s why I do things like take trips by myself to Costa Rica). I like testing myself and pushing myself. It lets me constantly learn more about who I am and what my limits are. Or even better, what my limits aren’t.
So I did something that scared me yesterday. Something I had been thinking about doing for a long time. I signed up for a memoir writing class. I know it doesn’t sound all that scary but honestly it terrifies me. The act of reading very personal writing in a small classroom like setting makes me get all nervous and red in the face. The idea of making myself sit down and write about my life honestly makes me a little uncomfortable. And the fact that people will then be commenting on not just what I’m writing about but also my writing style, well that just pushes me over the edge. But that’s the whole point isn’t it? If something scares me I take that as a sign to mean I should probably make myself do it. So I did. And class starts in October.
Now it’s your turn. What scary fear will you tackle in the near future?