Don’t be afraid of what scares you

We’re scared sometimes.  It’s not always a bad thing.  Fear is a part of survival.  Sometimes we’re more scared than we need to be.  And sometimes embracing our fear–even remaining open to being a little scared is good for us.

I watched people stand at the bottom of section 37 with arms folded, bodies either shivering or bouncing as they attempt to battle the cold. I watched bodies moving swiftly up the seats of the stadium sections and then carefully, tenderly, almost hesitantly find their way back down the small Crimson stairs.  And I read many social media posts and comments about people NOT-verbaling because the cold just seemed like too much today.   I realized something important. So many moments of our lives we are afraid. Most of the time were afraid of necessary things like falling down concrete stairs. That could hurt and that would suck. Sometimes were simply afraid of failing, looking silly, or as if we don’t know what we’re doing. Sometimes we’re unsure of how hard something will be, especially in the cold, so out of fear we hold back, say, “no thank you,” or just don’t show up.

There’s an oft used quote by Eleanor Roosevelt that says, “Do something every day that scares you.” Maybe it’s cliché, but I think my gal Eleanor is onto something. We can’t always guarantee what an experience is going to be like or prevent the difficult –even harmful things – from happening. But watching those bodies moving up and down the stairs this morning reinforced for me how important November Project is in helping us embrace doing something scary for the sake of growing. My day job that pays my rent is working in the field of trauma and caring for kids who are overwhelmed by fear.  Kids who don’t have the support systems and resources that protect them from the harmful intensity of overwhelming fear. When children, even those who experience horrible things, have loving people in their lives to help them feel connected, safe, and loved, and when they have opportunities to feel strong & empowered rather than helpless, they do much better in life than the kids who don’t have those relationships and internal resources. Fear and challenge, when overcome with healthy, loving support, and when experienced in manageable amounts actually helps us grow.  So if you’re scared of the stairs or if you’re afraid of it being too cold or too hard, think about what Eleanor Roosevelt would tell you.  She’d most likely drop an F-bomb somewhere while reminding us to get out our #Weatherproof #GrassrootsGear, and #JustShowUp, especially if it scares you a little bit.  What’s the worst thing that could happen?…you get #FreeFitness, hugs, and you have a huge community to help you through your fears?  Then the Tribe is Stronger and you are too. Well that doesn’t suck.

Riddle of the day: What do you get when you combine Frogman1 + Firedrill spice?

Answer: “Fried Froglegs” (it’s what we ate for breakfast on the stairs today)  It’s Sections 37–>13 and 13–>37, with Firedrills of 5 Pushups added in. Don’t be scared…it was delicious! Remember to record your scores and verbal for Friday!

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