New things can be terrifying. I remember the first time that I had stepped foot into a non-gymnastics gym to lift. I remember I was about to bench, something I had just learned the concept of. I was sweating and I hadn’t even done anything. My heart was pounding. I was getting hot in the face. I could feel a bead of sweat trickling down my spine. I had no idea if my ‘noodle arms’ would support the bar (I didn’t have noodle arms, but I told myself I did). When it became my turn to bench, I laid down on the bench, looked up at the bar and thought, “well this is where I die.” Here I am 4 years later alive and kickin’! I am your resident fear conquerer!
Don’t let new things scare you. New things can be fun and exciting. They’re learning experiences that can lead to amazing memories. I will admit I’m a little nervous to start CrossFit. I’ve been training and eating right and sometimes I think that my body will never be ready for it. It seems like an intimidating place and like the initiation process is being sore for weeks on end. It probably isn’t…right? I hope not…. I’ll let you know. It’s a new experience, but it’s going to be worth the journey, and I’m excited to start!
This post can be related to all kinds of things because fear is so common. Don’t let your fears hold you back because you may miss wonderful opportunities. You need to step outside of the box a little bit and experience things that make you a little squirrely.If you’re worried about other people’s opinions about what you do, stop. It doesn’t matter. Sometimes I have to tell myself that people don’t care about what I do as much as I think they do. I am my own person and I’m gonna live my life the way that makes me happy. You should too!! Chase down those dreams!
If you’re scared or nervous about your new job or starting a workout program, just remember everyone has been in your shoes (usually). Everyone has to start somewhere and if it means starting at the bottom to get to the top then OWN IT!
Last piece of advice. You are doing yourself a disservice if you let your fear dictate your decisions. Yes it is absolutely terrifying conquering fear, but how awesome are you going to feel when you can say “I conquered my fear! I’m alive and I have experienced something new!” When I talked to a scary clown at a Halloween scary forest tour I nearly threw up all over him…yea it didn’t help that I was super hungover, BUT I talked to him and that is all that matters because I conquered my fear. Moral of that story: Never go to a scary forest hungover. It’s all bad news. Either way it was an experience I will always remember and I conquered one of my biggest fears!
What is your biggest fear? Muster up the courage and conquer it! You are more prepared than you know. I know you can do it!
The next month or so is going to be filled with new experiences for me. Graduation. CrossFit. Moving. New job (JUST ACCEPTED YESTERDAY WOOOO I’M AN ADULT–not at all I’m actually 5). It’s all exciting things, but I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t scared. I’m terrified. But that’s the beauty of it. I’m fortunate enough to have wonderful loving parents, an awesome sister and brother-in-law with lots of advice, a supportive boyfriend (and his family), and the most knowledgable mentors. They are all looking out for me and I know I can look to them for help if I ever run into any road bumps. They have raised me to be a halfway normal human being and have prepared me for life….I hope. So we will see what happens, but I’m ready to start this awesome journey.
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” – Buddha