Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.
~ C. Joybell C
A student/client/friend just sent me this quote in a text. I wholeheartedly agree. This principle has subconsciously been guiding me for the last five years. When I left my corporate job to pursue a life I love, I was doing so because I no longer wanted fear to dictate my daily decisions. Today, every time I share something online, post a blog, post a picture, or create a video, I am in creation.
Being in creation can be scary. It means you are putting yourself out there. People may like what you have to say and they may not. Brene Brown says that we should not attach our self worth to our work. We should put it out there without regard for whether people like it or not. We should put it out there because we love what we are doing so much, we can’t not share. We absolutely have to.
This is where I’m coming from. Every post. Everyday.
When I started the 365 day handstand challenge, there was a little voice inside me that said: “The last thing you need to do is post more pictures of handstands. Everyone already calls you the beast. You need to focus on toning down your image, not making it even stronger.”
Luckily, another voice inside me said, “That’s B.S. If you want to do it, and it looks like fun, you should.”
And so I did. And I’m so glad. I’ve learned so much about my body and my mind in this daily challenge. I’ve learned when I am prey to slaving to my ego. I’ve learned to allow my creativity to flow. I’ve learned to defy my quit point. These have all been huge a-ha’s. And I’m not even halfway through this yet.
When I recently had the opportunity to do my first inspirational speaking gig to a group of middle school-ers, that same voice piped in when the email invite came across and said, “You can’t speak to youngsters. You’re too old. They won’t relate to you. Plus, they won’t be on a mat. You’ve never spoken in front of a group that long without them moving about these things. You’ll fall flat on your face.”
And so, I hit reply and said, “I’ll do it!”
I’ve learned, just as the quote above cautions, that when fear presents itself, my best course of action is proceed with caution — rather than backing down.
I do not wish to slave to fear. I want to be in creation — letting the universal Source of creative energy move through me, with me, inside of me and of me. I believe this is one of our greatest gifts as human beings.