I do not run.
I do not camp.
I do not get up early.
I do not like strangers.
I do not _________.
What if you did? What if you got out of your own way and stopped. What would happen?
At one point in my life, I have said every phrase above. With all sincerity and truth. I believed I did not or could not do those things.
I was not a runner – I once had to write a paper to pass PE because I “was excused from” so many days of gym class. I was slow. AND terribly unathletic – what would people think when I came in dead last?
I am not a camper – I do not like to get dirty. Or skip showers. Or not have order in my world. What if I got scared in the middle of the night and did not know what to do?
Why would anyone get up early — sleep is precious. I like to stay up late so I don’t miss out on the fun. Early mom years have made me love sleep. What would I do if I became a sleep deprived zombie again?
Strangers scare me. I do not like forced conversation or getting to know new people. What if they don’t like me?
An amazing thing happened when I stopped uttering these dont’s – my life profoundly changed.
I stopped being afraid and started living a life I was proud of in every way possible. I still have my moments and I still struggle sometimes, but I am finding that the other side of fear and doubt… the other side of removing preconceived notions – is amazing. And powerful. And the people on this side… Well let me just tell you – they are just as amazing.