Over the years I've made a lot of mistakes. Sometimes I even came out of it looking and feeling like a fool. But, the adventures I've experienced make up for all the nerves associated with them.
I'm not afraid of much. In fact one thing I told my children over and over again, when they were afraid, "Do it afraid"! They have done that and are both having adventurous lives.
Sometimes, looking back, I was just too stupid to be afraid. Once in the 6th grade, I was challenged to a fight by some "mean girls". Meet me under the banyan tree after school, they said, up in my face. I was the new kid you see and I didn't fit in. I figured I could take one of them, so, show up I did.
The bus came, I got on and went home with no trouble. Hmph, I thought. Two months later a little boy, about my age came into our school. I'm guessing they said the same thing to him. Well, he tried to avoid the fight and a circle of big, Samoan, boys decended upon him and proceeded to whip him.
As I stood there, I realized, if I had tried to dodge the girls, I would have suffered the same fate, AND, how stupid I was, not being afraid. As it turned out those girls, not only didn't bother me, but were nice to me.
Time and time again, I have faced my fears. In the process, I haven't many anymore. Step out into the unknown, take a chance. So what if you make a mistake? What if it turns out to be a life changer. Even if it doesn't, the very act of facing and walking through your fears is life changing.
Fantasizing the freedom to do it afraid!