Do One Thing Every Day that Scares You

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I love that quote.  I 100% believe that growth comes the moment we push ourselves out of our comfort zone.

Out of what is easy.

Out of what we KNOW we can do.

Out of safe.

And into whatever comes next.

One of my professors in grad school often talked about the edge.  He would say that it was his job to get us as close to our edge of thinking as possible and push us off the cliff into something brand, spanking new.  At the time, I thought he was just talking about learning and the 1 million papers we had to write, but as I’ve gotten old I have realized he was really talking about life. (As all excellent educators do!)  I know the things that have scared me the most have, in the end, changed me for the better.

Moving almost 900 miles away from home for college.

Going to graduate school where I knew no one.

Training for and completing my first marathon.

Meeting my husband and allowing myself to fall in love with someone who wasn’t my “type”.

Becoming a mother.

Finally telling my mental health story.

My “final” spring goal this season is to complete a Ragnar trail relay.  To prepare for that, I have signed up for the Potomac River Running trail series.  For me – trail running is not comfortable.  I do not like being dirty and I am constant fear of falling over my own feet, hitting my head on a rock and having a concussion in the middle of the woods.  In February, I did my very first trail run with some Ragnar Relay folks, but it was a very easy, non-technical trail to get us started.

This weekend was the first of the REAL trail runs and my friend Deb captured our adventure perfectly on her blog.

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To my delight – I LOVED THE RUN!!  The dirt and mud and muck made me feel like a bada$%.  I got a great workout using muscles I didn’t even know I had. AND I was so immersed in what I was doing, I didn’t have time to think or realize the time/mileage.  It was an awesome experience and I cannot wait for the next one!

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6 thoughts on “Do One Thing Every Day that Scares You”

  1. The older I get, the more likely I am to try something out of my comfort zone; and I love my late-blooming sense of adventure! I’m so glad you’re my partner-in-crime for some of those adventures! 🙂

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  2. Way to go! Guess that whole saying about you never know until you try really works out great at times! Hope you keep being brave and trying new things. You will love (most of the) the relay experience–as an adult the whole sleep deprivation thing was tough, but overall it’s a fun experience.

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