So I was talking to a friend about this last night and I’ve been thinking about it ever since — fear is really truly an illusion.
This idea that we have to do things a certain way, avoid taking risks, or staying in our comfort zone actually doesn’t keep us “safe,” at all. It really actually keeps us 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘤𝘬.
A couple of months ago I heard the phrase “feel the fear and do it anyways,” and it really hit me in the face a little harshly but also in my heart and soul.
There have been so many times the sheer fear of an outcome have held me back from doing things that could’ve been really really amazing for me.
And so when I was invited to go skydive last week, even though I had been asked to go twice before and turned down both offers, I finally said yes.
I finally chose to fear the fear and do it anyways.
I finally chose to stop writing, speaking and coaching on living life and do go out and do the thing, the living life thing, instead.
On the plane when I was basically about to throw up everywhere because I looked down in awe of how high we were and the instructor said “𝘪𝘴𝘯’𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘶𝘵𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘸𝘦 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘭𝘪𝘬𝘦 𝟽,𝟶𝟶𝟶 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘰?”
And I said 𝟳,𝟬𝟬𝟬 𝗙𝗘𝗘𝗧 𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗢𝗨𝗧 𝗢𝗙 𝗬𝗢𝗨𝗥 𝗚𝗢𝗗𝗗𝗔𝗠𝗡 𝗠𝗜𝗡𝗗?? —the instructor asked me what I did.
I said I was a yoga teacher and life coach and then he said “𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭 𝘐’𝘮 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩 𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘰𝘵𝘵𝘢 𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘴𝘵 𝘮𝘦....”
I decided to really truly surrender to whatever the fuck was going to happen, the fears percolating in my mind, and the intuitive feeling that I would be more than okay.
The feeling that I would start living again.
This life is a precious gift.
We are never guaranteed our breath and our heartbeat —
we are never guaranteed another day on this planet —
but we can choose to live as many as we want, 𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙥𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙚𝙣𝙩, 𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙞𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙚𝙖𝙪𝙩𝙮 𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙙 𝙇𝙄𝙁𝙀.
So choose today to live.
Choose to do the darn thing.