Let’s talk about fear…

But first, let’s talk about singing while you drive.  I LOVE to sing when I drive, starting from WAY back when… in high school, my girlfriends and I would drive around for hours stalking guys we knew (it was okay back then, really…..) and singing our hearts out to Indigo Girls. So free and relaxing, almost therapeutic.

Fast forward to today and I rarely get to indulge in this kind of wild singing abandon. Instead I either have to listen to my children chattering, or make nice conversation with my husband.  So the other day when I was driving to Canmore by myself, I was delighted to be able to let my iPhone pick my tunes and sing as loudly as I wanted for almost 2 hours each way.  On the way home however, my phone decided to pick a chapter from one of the audio books I have in my iTunes library.   It was from a book that’s quite popular at the moment, ‘You are a Badass’, by Jen Sincero. It was chapter 4, the chapter on fear.

I’ve been pushing past my own fear (or trying to anyway) quite a bit this past year, and also trying to help the people currently taking my course when they have fear issues come on.  And it’s NORMAL, we all deal with fears.  She started the chapter with a quote, from an unknown source. “We tiptoe carefully through life in order to arrive safely…at death”.  Everything she said in that chapter really stuck with me, because it’s so true.  She says we need to have more faith in ourselves than we have in our fear.  More faith in our future than we have in potential failure.

I’m trying to keep her words in mind, as I come closer to many new and different things that are coming my way this year. I refuse to tiptoe carefully through life anymore!  (…but I still look both ways before crossing the street!)

 

“The fears we don’t face become our limits” – Robin Sharma

Laurie Wright

Laurie Wright

Teacher turned author, turned children's mental health advocate. Laurie has given a TEDx talk, gives workshops for parents, teachers, and children, and has published five books in the Mindful Mantras series, all to help combat the crisis kids are currently facing. Teachers can't stop the urge to teach! A course for creatives who want to write for kids is coming soon!
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