People find this hard to believe, but I am afraid of a lot of things. OK I looked up the definition just to make sure I am using the right word. Afraid: 1.filled with fear or apprehension 2. filled with regret or concern 3. feeling worry or concern or insecurity 4. having feelings of aversion or unwillingness.The only one that does NOT fit is number four.
I remember reading a book Love is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald Jampolsky.
“There are only two emotions: one is Love and the other is fear. Love is our true reality. Fear is something our mind has made up, and is therefore unreal.”
At first I found that ridiculous but as I thought about different things I did-I realized everything I did-I could tie to either love or fear. I started to think about over people’s behavior as well-the boss that hovers, the perfectionists, and the procrastinators. It helped me to see people differently. We have all run into people at work that seem grumpy and indifferent. Instead of being upset-I saw them differently. Certainly that type of behavior was not love-so they must be afraid of something. It really is a paradigm shift and I think it is easier to stop taking things personally and be compassionate because no one likes to be afraid.
“Fear and love can never be experienced at the same time. It is always our choice as to which of these emotions we want…”
Oh yeah-that is so true and I have gotten in trouble many times, with people I love, for choosing fear. Once it was too gone to get back-I realized my actions were fear based. I will make every effort from now on not to make decisions based on fear-when it comes to my relationships with people.
I am always afraid of trying something new. Like I have a new silhouette machine. Yes-I have been busy but I admit I may be procrastinating trying it the first time because it is new. I procrastinate on projects thinking I can’t do it, or I need hours of time-only to find out when I finally jump in…that I can do it just fine.
Sometimes if it is something I really want to do, I will do it anyway. It could be taking a class in a new technique, going to a party where I do not know anyone, joining a new group, or greeting someone at church (yes, this is scary for me). I won’t sleep and I ‘ll be anxious, but I do it.
But there are some things I would never do alone. I am pretty brave considering all the things I have made myself do over the years and all the hairy things I have survived but I doubt I will I know I will never be as brave as my friend Annette who traveled to Italy by herself! I know I will never jump out of a parachute like my friend Sharon.
Ok I did crochet the bracelet I thought I could not do. But when I did not understand the directions for the closure, it sat for months. Finally I decided I would finish it MY way so that I could wear this bracelet I loved.
Something that has been on my list for a while is a 5K. Now I am not a runner, I am a walker. I want to do the Disney one because I want that medal. But, this is one of those things I am NOT doing unless I have a buddy. Too far out of my comfort zone. I have asked friends here and there but never followed through-well…because I am afraid.
Then one day I am sitting with friend Jo Foringer and she said she has signed up for a 10K and that she will be walking. I was listening-I asked for details. I used to walk over three miles a day so I figured I could do this-I can walk. Knowing I would be with her-a confidence buddy or whatever you want to say…I signed up. I told myself I needed to get out walking again and wearing sneakers (hate them) to get ready. I had months. Well, life is busy and I probably only walked a few times, I was not giving up though-because as rigid as I can be when I am afraid, I am just as rigid if I have told someone I am going to be there.
So Jo and her husband Dave would meet me at the race. I got there first and then was freaking that she was not coming. Of course they did. I had only slept three hours the night before because-I was afraid. I knew I could finish in three hours because I know my walking pace. But what if I have to go to the bathroom What if I get a cramp? What if I get overheated? OK so I planned ahead. I have a fanny pack and I packed it for every disaster.
Two kind bars
tissues (lack of such could be embarrassing)
Deep Blue roll on (for cramping-my friend had used it in a previous race)
Digestzen (a tummy issue would NOT be good-I used this three times!)
Peppermint Beadlets (to keep me alert, help me if I get stuffed up)
Motivate Essential Oil-enough said
Cell phone-got to document this moment
Our friend Tara was there and that was a great feeling to see her before we began and get a hug. Jo also had some other friends there as well.
When we started out, Dave & Jo were pacing a little faster than I expected. Dave has long legs and Jo was moving. They asked if they were going too fast and I said no because really-it did not feel bad to me. As I timed how we were doing, I felt the pace was a good one.
The walk started off with pelting rain and wind. I was soaked and hated water getting in my face. We had a headwind for sure but I would rather have it the first half and not the second. Overall I kept just a bit behind Dave & Jo. The turning point was exciting. I had no cramping, was not exhausted, and as water was provided, had plenty of water on me still. I was not overheated at all.
I was thrilled when we got to the end-I think in just over two hours. Would have been perfect if I had not fell in the sand. Just to my knees-not out of exhaustion or anything but walking up the hill in the soft sand was the hardest part! There was one woman that was carried across the line by her friends! I got my Octopus Medal and I was SO PROUD of myself. I was SO THANKFUL for the experience. I wondered, of course, what took me so long to do this. But we know the answer, fear.
There were many encouraging words along the way!
After getting up that hill-we grabbed some water and then went off to party a bit before I headed home. Yes I did drink that before 10am!
Dave & Jo-I cannot thank you enough. Thanks Dave for being the leader, even if you had to walk backwards sometimes. Thanks for your great pacing-all the encouragement helped me to do something that has been on my list for years. Actually-a 5K was on my list so this was even better. Just a little help from friends makes a difference.
Dave & Jo have already signed up for a 5K. As soon as I see that the date is not a conflict with our convention, I plan to join them.
Here’s hoping anyone that reads this will take a step towards doing something they really want to do that they are a bit afraid of. And if I can help you I will!