“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Stepping out of our comfort zone to do something that scares us can be overwhelming. It is safe to stick with what is known; we have a routine and we can guess the outcome of our day-to-day activities as a result.
Predictable is safe, but we rarely grow or fully experience life if we avoid new experiences. We have to step out of our safe routines to truly live.
I am currently doing something that scares me. It is not something as thrilling as taking skydiving or kitesurfing lessons. What I fear the most right now might be laughable to some, but it is a very real fear to me.
My fear is of getting my heart broken.
I am terrified in fact.
The pain of a broken heart can be overwhelming and all-consuming. I would like to avoid feeling that way again. What The Boyfriend so aptly pointed out last weekend is that he doesn’t want his heart broken either. We are in this together, with these feelings, but mine seem more like a scary monster I am battling. The reality is that no one wants to have a broken heart; I am not alone in these feelings.
What I do know is that without taking the risk, I will never experience the wonderful things that come from being in a loving relationship. This thought helps me when I feel the fear rising up in me.
But I won’t let that fear overtake me and rob me of something wonderful that is blossoming in my life. I am staring down this scary monster.
I am being brave.