Friday, July 6, 2012

Nike was right!

I really must say Nike had it right.
(Gee, did I really love Nike) 

I was a kid in the 90's... and Nike clothes, socks, hats, shirts and shoes where 
I've discovered the only way to conquer fears, is to just do it.
I've had so many fears, fears that have stopped me in my life.
Afraid of situations, afraid to stand up for myself, afraid of what others with think.
Afraid what will happen, afraid what won't happen.

Anxiety runs in my blood, my dad told me my great grandma even had it.
We live in a fast-passed world where anxiety seems to be abundant.
People are taking prescriptions and trying to cure the overwhelm.
The stomach aches, the fears, the pounding heart, the shaking, sweaty hands.

They want to make it stop.
I've been there. Just wanting it to stop.

For me the cure wasn't the prescription (I've tried it).
I've had anxiety since I was in Elementary school.
At that time prescription drugs weren't as popular and my mom gave me a Pepto Bismol and send me to school.

And guess what?
I was okay.
My mom made me face my fears.
At the time it seemed so unfair. I thought she didn't understand.
Now, I think of it with love, as I'm an adult now and I understand my fears and anxiety much better now. I know how to tame the wild horses in me when they get out of control.
I've learned lots of way to cure anxiety when I start to get overwhelmed
  • Meditation
  • Walk the dog
  • Time in Nature
  • Plan a mini vacation!
  • RUN!
  • Exercise, move and shake it all out
  • Clean
  • Paint
  • Call an awesome friend or my mom 
 What are your go to cures for anxiety and stress?
Me being brave!
 What have I done to get over my fears?
  • Paint. Paint messy and wild. With NO plan, no vision other than to play! It's not the last canvas in the world (just heard that line - and LOVE IT!)
  • Jump into the lake (even though I'm afraid of what I can't see below the surface)
  • Call a client so see if they want to buy! (Um, what if they No?! I just told those voices to shut up and dialed!)
  • Confronted a mean friend when I was being hurt.
  • Went PARA-Sailing (pictured above!)
  • Started this blog!
These are just a few... and if I wouldn't have done any of these who would I be today? Being Brave can be hard, but it's rewarding and exciting!
When we are brave... breakthroughs and new journey's are born!

In third grade I was afraid to go down the water slide. We were at the community center
(I think it was a girl scout troop outing) and I was terrified to go down the water slide. Everyone else was going down. Having so much fun. I just waited for my friends in the pool. They kept keep trying to talk me into going and I bashfully said no. I was so afraid. Someone even said... "I can't believe you are afraid...look the 5 year old kids are going down the slide!"
My best friend some how convinced me, the pool was closing in 10 minutes and we were going to have to go home. I was stricken with fear, what if I drown, what if it went to fast. With time running out I went for it.
I quickly got a few more times in before the pool closed.
I will never forget that night at the Community Center Pool.
Everyone was so happy, my friends and my best friend's mom. It seemed like such a special moment.

I faced my fear.

It's your turn....

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