- I'm afraid of spiders.
- I'm afraid to make a fool of myself.
- I'm afraid to travel where I can't read or speak the language.
- I'm afraid of trying new foods.
- I'm afraid of changing my routines.
I never thought I could ski - at age 45 I paid $25 to participate in New York state's Ski it to Believe it program. I got a ski rental, a lift ticket and basic lesson. Before the day was out I had fallen up the hill, down the hill, on the hill - but found out I loved it!
At age 55 I took a Motorcycle Safety Foundations (MSF) approved riding course. Since then I have ridden 100,000 miles, over 30k of those alone. I have ridden in all 48 states. I turned age 66 while riding Route 66 with my husband, on my Harley-Davidson.
I got my first tattoo at age 54 and eventually got several more. I no longer think about what others might say, each and every one has personal meaning to me.
I still work to conquer fears, I often picture the worst (and plan for it) but hope for the best. I'm finding that living in a foreign country is helping me to fear less and live more!
Do you have fears that are holding you back personally or professionally?