Life’s an Adventure Part 2 – Be Courageous

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Writing everything you’ve ever been curious about is a phenomenal first step in finding a new hobby. This could become your next life’s calling. But that alone doesn’t guarantee any success.

This is Part 2 of a 3 Part series.  For Part 1, click here.
Most things you’ll have written are going to be easy to do. With a little pre-planning and time management it will be no problem trying them out. There will, however, be some items that are going to be more wishful thinking than actual goals. This is what I want to focus on during this installment.
I am terrified of heights. It has always been this way. I have vertigo and even looking down the side of the second floor of the mall makes me a little dizzy. Its no surprise I avoided flying and heights my entire life. Living in Texas made that easy. The day that I joined the military I knew they would test this fear and I didn’t have to wait long. Two weeks into boot camp the dreaded obstacle course came up, and I had to rappel off a 50 ft tower. Much higher than I’d previously ever been and I was positively mortified. In the moment I didn’t want to show weakness and I didn’t want to give anyone reason to doubt me belonging there. I pushed ahead. I was sweating, my heart was palpitating out of my chest and my hands cold and clammy. Yet, I pushed on because I felt like I had no choice. The motivation from my drill sergeants (read: threats) pushed me right along and I did it. I seems anticlimactic, but that is the truth. Since then I completed much higher towers, and repels and even jumped out of an airplane or two. To this day I’m still terrified of heights. Rappelling and parachuting never became a lifelong passion for me. But here is the thing – I can without a doubt tell you that it wasn’t for me because I experienced it first hand.
Be brave and take a chance because you never know what life can give you. Don’t confuse being brave and courageous with foolhardiness though. There is a fine line. Only you can decide where that line lies exactly but be aware of it.
My best advice on this is if you feel afraid of something but you’re still curious, give it a try. The outcome will never disappoint you, no matter what it is. This philosophy has extended to my everyday life and I haven’t looked back. In the words of one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coehlo:
“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.”

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