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Josie takes a scary and exciting leap!

Today's second guest is Josie, a friend of my blog who's sharing her experience of - to me! - a really courageous hobby.


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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FOLLOW the Birthday Blog so far:
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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( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 7th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm scared to go down a big hill on a sled, let alone a snowboard. Good for you! (When I was a kid, my best friend put her tooth through her lower lip on a sledding hill, so that might be where some of my sled-fear has come from. It was very bloody and scary.)

Public speaking scares me, but I know I'm not alone. I read that may people fear public speaking more than death. So when I need to do it, I just remind myself that I'm unlikely to die ;-)
Jan. 8th, 2012 12:35 am (UTC)
The scary thing about sleds is the lack of breaks. Snowboards are relatively easy to stop, as long as you're able to turn sideways. Staying upright when going slow, or standing still, is another matter. Or, y'know, when going fast, lol!
Wow, yeah, I feel like I'm not truly afraid of public speaking these days - but then when I do it I talk at 200 mph and slur my words and blush... Still much better than death, though! ;D
Jan. 7th, 2012 09:30 pm (UTC)
I'm scared of the idea too. I don't think I have the energy to face a new fear every day.

I can see the sense of facing your fears and know how good it feels to face one and win. I also know how bad it feels when the fear wins.

Good luck with the snowboarding.
Jan. 8th, 2012 12:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, my hope is that I can be less afraid of the stupid things, by proving (by action, since obviously knowing it intellectually doesn't help) that they are nothing to be afraid of.
I'm not a high energy person, but I figure being afraid takes energy too. So, getting rid of unnecessary little everyday fears should help in the long run - theoretically...
Thanks! :)
Jan. 8th, 2012 12:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for having me here, and let me just clarify that while the pic is super cool, I will never ever be jumping like that. Nice and steady down the hill, that's my goal, haha.
Jan. 8th, 2012 04:56 am (UTC)
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.

Ha! This made me laugh. What is kind of scary to me is to jump on a plane at a moment's notice and travel across the country (never mind a DIFFERENT country) to meet two freaks I only know from internet emo-porn.

See. It's good to try scary things... :D

(srsly, can't believe you're snowboarding. Awesomeness.)
Jan. 8th, 2012 12:55 pm (UTC)
Haha, yeah. You guys didn't seem so scary after we had discussed the shaving of private areas and which form of spanking fic I might not squick at etc...
I think Bean was brave because she agreed to have me stay in her home. Next time, your place or mine?

Snowboarding - well, all the cool kids were doing it. I did a tiny bit of skiing earlier in life, but never really enjoyed it. In winter up here though, you'll be missing out if you don't do either (or have a snowmobile). And it's just nice to have a physical challenge instead of all the angst and should's of the mind...
Jan. 8th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
That's such a pretty sport! I've never even been on skis.Good luck with the snowboarding. Getting a good run must be so satisfying.

It's a good idea to test ones boundaries, otherwise we'd never do anything. Being a total scaredy cat, I have boundaries all over the place. I wouldn't say I make myself feel uncomfortable on a daily basis but it's at least a couple of times a week.

Jan. 9th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
THe first time I didn't fall once in a run, I was sooo proud :D (other people my age who ride are all really good and must be laughing at me. Kids too, for sure!). And in clear weather you do get amazing sights!
Heh, the mind likes its safe old boundaries where they are, thank you very much!
Jan. 10th, 2012 06:19 pm (UTC)
Wait, that's not you in the picture? Dang it! I applaud you for giving this a try and enjoying the challenge.
Jan. 13th, 2012 01:09 am (UTC)
Hoo-no that's not me, unfortunately! In order to jump you have to go straight down, and fast. I just fall over when I do that.
Thanks! :)
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