These things scare me:
- Driving over bridges
- Getting lost
My worst nightmare would be getting lost in a strange, bridge-filled city, looking in my rear view mirror and seeing this:
Sometimes fears are good; they keep us safe. A fear of jumping into a pool filled with man-eating sharks
with frickin’ laser-beams attached to their heads, just might keep you alive should the wrong set of circumstances converge.
A lot of the time (perhaps even most of the time?) though, fears have a way of holding us back. Safety is important, but one day, when I look back, I don’t want to say, “That was a good, safe life”.
I want to say, “That was spectacular”.
Succeed or fail, I want to do it in a big way.
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you”. I’m not quite at the every day level yet myself, but I’m working on it.
That’s why I’ve decided it’s time to give this writing thing all that I have. I’m working hard on finishing my first novel and I’ve begun outlining a couple more. I signed up for a writer’s conference. I’ve joined a critique group* in a nearby city and and looking into forming a new one here. I’m making a go of this and it’s absolutely, positively, terrifyingly wonderful.
What fears would you like to break free of? What’s stopping you?
*Oh yeah, and the leader of my critique group? She’s a professional clown. Seriously.