I have been wanting to get outdoors, to enjoy the company of others who love to hike and explore nature, and to add more fun to my schedule. I have on several occasions signed up for a local hike and then canceled due to a conflict (OK, or just due to chickening out!)
Today, I had a reserved meetup spot in a 4-6 mile hike with the Hiking Club of Raccoon Creek. I knew the weather was going to be chilly (with a heat wave of 39 degrees), so I fretted over the clothes I needed to wear. Would I have the right clothes, boots, gloves...? Would my clothes be mismatched and I look foolish? Would the other hikers be welcoming? What if I had to go to the bathroom on the trail? Was I up for a long hike? What if I pulled a muscle? And on, and on, and on. For some reason, I really felt out of my element, out of my comfort zone.
It's amazing how I got myself all worked up worrying about things that really didn't matter. It was not a life or death decision. I would be too cold, too hot or just right. I would learn for the next hike. I might have to use the bathroom, and others have survived this difficulty before me. If no one wanted to hike with me, I would enjoy the scenery and the fresh air anyway.
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Fear is like that. We let it rob us of so much joy. We can often become paralyzed. We blow the possible difficulties out of proportion and we focus only on what could go wrong.
When it comes to making healthy choices for ourselves, we let fear, or its cousin uncertainty, keep us from pursuing our goals. Maybe we want to start a cleanse or make green smoothies, but we fret over whether we can do it, if we'll like the taste or whether this will really help. Maybe we want to be more physically fit, but we're not sure which exercise program to start. Maybe we've been saying we want to take a trip, but we worry about whether we will get lost, have enough money or a hundred other concerns. How many times have we stated that we are going to start being healthier, but we fail to put together a health improvement plan, or we put one together but are not sure whether we are choosing the right path or products so we hesitate, stall, or quit?
I challenge you, as I challenged myself, to take action. Seize the day! Do your research, establish a plan and then move beyond the fear and move forward. Make this the day that you begin that next adventure and become a healthier, more purposeful you!