Winter Sports for the Wimpy
I'm trying to learn to snowboard. It's slow going, what with my learning as an adult, not having any talent nor the balance or muscle for this kind of thing, and managing no more than three days each winter.
I do it because it is well and truly fun, but also because it's a little scary. Not the idea itself of course, but when I'm standing (or sitting, as it were) there at the top of the ski slope looking down, and right before I make a turn not knowing if I'll get it right or fall and crack my back in half.
For me it's still a challenge every time, but a simple and straightforward thing which is scary but which I can work methodically to master. I have figured out that my difficulties with it are more in my head than the physical, and basically how to manage that. And when I do well, it's exhilarating and I get to feel accomplished and proud of myself - something I don't do very often.
What I'm getting at here, is something from that weird 1998 song by Baz Luhrmann,
Everbody's Free (To Wear Sunscreen).
Remember it? Baz Luhrmann was most known back then as director of the awesome 'Romeo & Juliet'. There was one line in that tune which has always stuck with me:
"Do one thing, every day, that scares you."
I thought early on that it was an unbeatable idea for expanding and bettering yourself and your life, and I knew that I was definitely a person who needed to embrace it. Not just physical stuff, but intellectual and emotional. Ironically, even the idea of embracing that idea scared me. It's a liberating concept, but I realized that if I were really to do one thing every day, I would quickly be down to really scary things and I kind of shelved the plan for a later, braver date.
I think about it more often nowadays when I'm older, and take the little victories of sometimes doing things that scare me.
What scares you? And what do you do to overcome it?
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Jan 01: luscious_words shares some fabulous icons.
Jan 02: Jordan Castillo Price shares her experience of re-releasing books.
Jan 03: Mara Ismine wonders how important is continuity in fiction?
Jan 04: Jen shares her favourite Rom Com movies.
Jan 05: Karenna Colcroft introduces her unusual werewolf.
Jan 06: Stevie Carroll takes us on a pictorial tour of her favourite locations.
Jan 07: Tinnean quotes Jack Benny on age.
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The 2012 Guest schedule HERE.
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