Fear is a powerful opponent!
When I was a young girl growing up in Alabama I was taught to be fearful...yes it is true. I was taught to be fearful of so many things...people...places...you name it and I was taught to be fearful of it!
It impacted the way that I lived my life in so many ways even into adulthood.
I was afraid to go by myself to the grocery store...and heaven help me - I would NEVER go to a movie or a restaurant by myself!
My fear kept me from enjoying so much that life had to offer. I decided that it was time to let go of that opponent known as fear...but I had to do it in baby steps!
First baby step was to go to a restaurant by myself so I did. I packed a book and ventured out to my favorite Mexican Restaurant. All in all - it was not so bad. I read my book...enjoyed my food and the bonus of going by myself? All the chips were MINE!!!! I was so excited when I paid my bill and walked outside to my car! What an accomplishment that was. I was on top of the world.
Now on to the second baby step - going to a movie by myself. I selected a good ole chick flick because I felt certain that I would no look out of place if I entered the theater alone. Best part of going to the movie alone? Do not have to share the popcorn...yet another bonus! I happily completed this baby step.
With each new step - I found myself looking forward to doing something new by myself. I worked myself up to traveling by myself which also resulted in a rental car, maps, GPS and getting lost a lot but know what? Getting lost did not scare me anymore...it actually opened my eyes to new adventures.
Some of my best memories are of places that I discovered while getting lost.
Now in closing...I am not going to say that I have 100% conquered my fear...but my fear no longer controls me. I am now able to identify fear and address my fears with a reasonable solution!
Today - am I free of fear? Oh no way but at least I am able to recognize fear and not allow it to paralyze me. I do not run away from my fears but I try to face fear head on.
Here is hoping that you too can take a baby step today to overcome fear!