It is easy to avoid doing things that feel really challenging or that we are afraid of. The crazy thing is that when we do step through a challenge, or face a fear, it actually diminishes. I was massively afraid of heights in certain situations and one day, while at Six Flags with my daughter, I decided it was time to face my fear once and for all by doing a bungee jump. Since this was an activity at a theme park, I figured that it had to be safe and the worse that could happen is that I would be really really freaked out.
As we got hauled up into the air, I was so scared. I could not pull the cord that would release us and allow us to fly straight toward the ground (what was I thinking. Lucky for me, my awesome daughter Jesse was there and she managed to find the cord and off we went. Once the initial shock wore off and I opened my eyes it was actually a really cool experience. AND,although I do get shaky and sometimes feel really challenged by heights, I am more easily able to work through it. Facing the fear, lessened the fear. (more…)