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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

JUMP

I’ve always been a cautious person; afraid to take risks, making a point to avoid pain and extreme fear. I rode my bike with training wheels until I was 13. Yes, you read right, I was a teenager riding a bike with training wheels. The only reason I finally took a leap and started riding like a “regular” person is that I got too heavy for the training wheels and they began to bend, and broke. I was afraid of turning a corner and falling down. But at some point, I had to grow up. At some point I had to just go, and ride.

I can admit to myself that I am a chicken when it comes to some things. To get on a roller coaster that goes upside down (I am fine with roller coasters that stay right side up and don’t have TOO deep of a slope) I have to be coaxed a LONG time. I don’t like to be the party pooper of the amusement park but sometimes I’m just SCARED. In the end, when I do get tricked or lose a bet and have to get on that roller coaster, I have a blast! I've learned life is much more fulfilling when you go out on a limb and shake things up a bit.

Fear.

“Every time we choose safety, we reinforce fear.”-Cheri Huber
“Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live.”- Dorothy Thompson
“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”- Eleanor Roosevelt
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind”- 2 Timothy 1:7

Sometimes you can’t think about fear.
Sometimes you just have to JUMP!



So, how did I, being afraid of roller coasters and using training wheels till I was 13, jump out of a plane at 15,000 feet above sea level? There was no turning back. Once I was in that plane I was there. Once that plane door opened I was out, there was no stopping in mid air. Was I scared out of my mind? HECK YES. But I had a BLAST! That is one of the moments I will remember for the rest of my life.

What’s the moral of the story? Sometimes you just have to go for it. Put fear aside, or jump out the plane before the fear can get you.
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7 comments

  1. skydiving is something that terrifies me, yet, it's on my bucket list. I'm really trying to work up the nerve to go for it.

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  2. I agree that fear stops you from doing a lot of things, but jumping out of a plane is not something I'm worried about stopping. Not gonna happen. Even when I do things like that, I don't enjoy the feeling after. I'm just scared and shaky, not excited. I'm better at roller coaster though, I use to not be able to get on them at all. I did Everest at Disney and that was a big deal for me.
    Love those verses you used. I try to not let fear stop me from doing every little thing I could. Too often it's prevented me from meeting someone great. Great post. :0)

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  3. Cool experience (and love the photos)! I don't WANT to jump, but I would if someone I was close to convinced me. Going to a party with strangers is a more direct way (and at least in theory, safer and cheaper) to address my fears!

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  4. Sometimes, I try to think of fear as someone trying to undermine me, so then I try to overcome it, by proving that I can.

    Oohhhh sky diving!

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  5. This is one few blogs I totally agree with. I didn't become successful in selling real estate until I stopped punching a clock. In real estate you eat what you kill and I refused to fail. To all readers do things because of not in spite you will enjoy the result more.

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  6. I have always wanted to go skydiving. Congrats on your achievement! WHere do you do it?

    Tracie

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  7. @trelai, thanks! I went in the Poconos.

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