I used to be scared of technology in any kind, but not anymore. (I am helping to co-host a Social Media Week here at UK - for more details, check this out.)
I used to be scared of saying no to someone, and I still have trouble doing so sometimes, but I am getting better.
I used to be scared to merge onto the interstate, but now I am a merging queen.
I used to be scared of drive thru's at restaurants and banks, but now I just avoid them all together, so it's a wash.
I used to be scared of fat and calories, but now I embrace a little here and there in my diet.
I (wish I could say) used to be scared of spiders, but I am still terrified of them and am convinced that I will never get over this fear. And I am ok with this. Spiders and I don't have to be friends. Ever.
Similarly, I'm terrified that if I ever have the misfortune to have to go to the hospital and be knocked out for something, that I will wake up from anesthesia alone. I haven't told very many people this, so simply stating this fact is a step towards getting over another fear of sharing too much.
I used to be scared of getting lost, but that has happened so many times now that I have learned to just enjoy the (usually prolonged) journey. As the old adage goes, getting there is half the fun.
When I set out to write this blog post, I was like "ok, this topic is something new and different, not what I usually post," and thus thought that it would be a breeze. I've worked on this baby for over an hour now! I know right?! Not much to show for it, but sharing what scares you is hard. It's also invigorating and comfortingly uncomfortable. It reminds you that you are human, much like watching the evening news or your memories of 9/11 do - they humble you and remind you that you're NOT invincible, you're NOT perfect, and that it is perfectly ok. You have obviously made it this far without being perfect, and what scares you is part of what makes you you. I am perfectly fine with being the Katelyn that shreaks when she sees a spider, is uncomfortable with drive thru's, and still has to consciously and consistently encourage herself to say no.
What makes you you?
* I am still working on my Easter blog post - don't think I forgot! Tune in soon for more on glazed ham and Easter eggs.
** Thanks Graceful Fitness for the theme of this post. http://gracefulfitnessblog.com/2012/04/09/i-used-to-be-scared/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=i-used-to-be-scared