Thursday, 25 October 2012
Fear can make you stand perfectly still even when your brain is screaming move. It can cause us to speak when we wish we were silent, run from things we know we want and hold us back from living in the moment or of a life we desire. We fear failure as well as success. Fear makes our knees weak and our pulse race but it can also help us. It can alert us of danger. It is hard to know in our body true fear, the fear we should listen to or the fear we need to overcome.
I have feared falling upside down for way too long and with the help of my teacher and friend Ryan I am overcoming this fear. He taught me to fall. Simple. Just to fall. But in learning to fall or experiencing falling I learned so much more. I didn’t die or break anything. I did it and I got back up and did it again. It was so exhilarating! I saw how much I have been holding myself back due to the fear of falling. Not just in upside down poses but in life. I am just fine if I fall, in fact I felt better having tried it and fallen than always having that wall behind me to keep me from falling.
We are all different, our goals, our dreams, our passions and our fears. What scares me may come easy to you and thankfully because sometimes we need people upside down and sometimes we need people on their feet. The challenge is learning what fears are real, are there to warn us of potential danger and the fears that are hiding something else entirely. I am certainly not suggesting that you do handstand in the middle of the room if you haven’t been working to it or go bungee jumping tomorrow but I do think there is something so empowering about taking a moment to listen to our fears and maybe challenge some of them a little. We are all so much more capable of great things than we give ourselves credit for. Let’s not look back one day after our fears stood in our way and say "I wish I did that, let’s look back and laugh while we say, "can you believe I did that?"