What if everything scares you?

In her pretty epic college graduation address, Chicago Tribute writer Mary Schmich not only tells the youth of the day to wear sunscreen, but to do one thing every day that scares you.

I’ll allow a few moments to go back to the late 90s and Baz Luurrmans’ hit – Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen

Now that you’re back – let’s talk about that thing. That advice.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

If we’re being honest here, I already do one thing every day that scares me. I live with anxiety and have a strange and totally illogical fear of falling down the stairs. I have staircases in my home, in my workplace, everywhere. While I’m not always concentrating on the fear, it’s there. So – what do you do if you always do something that scares you?

You push your limits. You surround yourself with people who encourage you in pushing those limits. And soon, some of those smaller, lesser fears fade. They may rear their ugly heads every once in a while, but are mostly relegated to the back of the pack of things to think about.

This week I’ve already done something that pretty much scares the pants off of me. Putting myself out there in a way I would not normally even imagine doing so. And I might be about to do it again (correction – did it. See below).

Progress? I sure hope so.

I’m even getting better at wearing sunscreen.



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