I have had to do many scary things over the years that I never thought I could do at the time. I have found that after I did these scary things, that originally I did not think I could do, I later felt a great sense of confidence, pride, and happiness after I was able to do it. It amazes me that I was able to do them. It is a priceless feeling to successfully tackle the seemingly impossible or scary things in life. These experiences provide a priceless life long feeling of accomplishment and a feeling that you can overcome other obstacles and fears. Many times they can lead you on to do other great challenges that you may never have even thought about before. I went on to do many great things such as triathlon and ultra-running challenges that I never would have done if I had not done these other extremely challenging things. We never know what the future will be, but it always makes sense and ties together eventually it seems.
One time, I remember I had to treat my water. I have a well, and I had to treat it with chlorine. I took the heavy, almost impossible to move, cement lid off of the well. I then noticed that I would have to climb down inside of the well to be able pour the bleach where it needed to go. There was only one problem, there were lots of big black spiders everywhere on the walls of the well in the ground. After what seemed like a very long time of being paralyzed by sheer fear of the sight of all those big black spiders, I then was able to get a hold of myself a bit. I did not know what to do, I only knew that I had to try to figure it out. I tried to figure out if there was another way to get the bleach where it needed to go without me getting inside the well. As much as I tried, every idea I had still involved me getting inside the well to at least fasten some sort of a funnel or hose and made me realize that no matter what I needed to go inside that well. With my newfound realization came a more calm feeling, because I was able to contemplate any possible solutions and concluded there was only one way. Therefore, ultimately my strong sense of responsibility played the largest role here because it gave me the courage I needed to do this seemingly impossible task. I knew I needed to do this for my family. We needed to be able to use and drink our water. I was a single mother of 2 young kids at the time and there was no one else to help me. I knew I had no choice but to do it. All of a sudden, something came over me, I had the courage and I got down inside the well. As fast as I could I did what I needed to do, then quickly I got back out of the well filled with big black spiders. Afterwards, I ran around like a crazy person, flailing my body every which way to try to get any spiders off of me that may have gotten on me. It must have been a site to see, me running around and shaking my body, I’m sure it would have made for a great Americas Funny Home video if the moment had been captured.
Ever since that day, I love the great confidence and pride I enjoy from that experience. My bravery and sense of responsibility gave me the ability to go beyond what I ever thought I could that day. It led me to be able to do many other brave and courageous things, not only for my family, but in life in general. It has made me a better person. Our experiences can shape us in fascinating ways that we never may have imagined. I encourage all of you to get out of your comfort zone.
A wise woman used to say, “Do one thing every day that scares you”, Eleanor Roosevelt was quoted as saying that. There are many different kinds of being scared, it doesn’t always have to include spiders or the like. It could be talking to someone, trying something new or difficult, or it could be something more extreme such as diving off of a steep cliff for the first time in your life. Every single day we should have this frame of mind, to go out and live our lives and do it afraid if necessary. Life is meant to be lived. A life filled with thrills is even better. You must be willing to do things, in spite of the obstacles or fears. It is the ‘in spite of’ that can make it one your best experiences many times. Break out of your comfort zone to feel fit forever. #feelfitforever