Scared? Uneasy? Curious? Good. Let’s do this!

Scared? Uneasy? Curious? Good. Let’s do this!

Are you interested in embarking on an Adventure? Oh, I hope so. Because I’m ready. I would love some good peeps to come along for the ride! I feel like every single moment, event, encounter, tear, inspiration, temper tantrum, lesson, manifestation, endeavor and even curse word has led up to this exact point.

Clarity comes when we’re ready. I mean really ready. We may think we’re ready. But then again, maybe not—I call that the fizzle. A fizzle is not a failure. It’s just a rung on the ladder to readiness. And then all of a sudden, like a dodge ball to the face, straight from the one-armed hurl of the biggest kid in third grade, there we find ourselves: lying face up on the gym floor, knocked clean off of our feet, staring at the ceiling. That’s the kind of IMPACT I’m talking about.

You see, I’m a seeker. A searcher. A questioner. Ok, maybe a little bit of an instigator at times (hee hee).  I want to understand and explore. I want to feel. I want to love and live deeply. I want to connect. Learn. Listen. Remember. Create, re-create and co-create. And I want whatever gets in the way of me doing so, namely fear, to get the heck out of my way.

But if I’ve learned anything over my life thus far, it’s that fear doesn’t always show itself willingly. Fear is actually a master of disguise. It will fool you into thinking it’s every other emotion but fear. (HINT: All “negative” emotions are rooted in fear.) But call fear’s bluff (Hey, I’m not angry, I’m actually afraid), and you take away its power.

I have also learned something pivotal. With a little surrender, a lot of willingness, and an arsenal of tools and inspiration, we can release and transform our fears. And that opens up a whole new world of possibilities that we may have never even considered or allowed ourselves to dream.

Awareness of how our fears keep us from living our lives to the fullest is the foundation for living an Adventuresome Life. So when I feel stuck, anxiety-ridden, defensive, paralyzed, angry, unmotivated, depressed, judged or judgmental, numb, addicted, lethargic, vindictive and/or stressed (hopefully not all at once, but it’s been known to happen), I plan to stop and ask myself a question: “Why? What am I afraid of?”

I challenge you to do the same.

Keep following the story you’re telling yourself, keep asking questions. Do it with a friend, or on your own. Be willing to get REALLY HONEST with yourself. And then share what you find. This is a forum to explore and eradicate your fears in order to develop the Adventuresome Life of your choice and design.

Some of my favorite memories and happiest moments are when I have tried something new, overcame a fear, did something I never thought I could do, explored new avenues and took myself out of my comfort zone. I’ve loved it even more when I’ve shared in those experiences with others.

My personal goal is to see and consciously create Adventure every single day. To live, breathe and exist in an adventuresome mode. Dictionary.com defines “adventuresome” as “bold; daring; adventurous.” I agree, but I would add to that definition anything that feels new, a little crazy maybe, overcomes limitations set by ourselves or others, has an element of fun and excitement, offers a fresh perspective, takes us outside of our comfort zones, may feel silly, energizes, feeds our spirit, and propels us along in this journey called life.

I’m starting with this blog. I want to explore. I want to share in this experience with others. I want to identify, understand and ultimately overcome my fears and hear about you overcoming yours. I want to celebrate life through real action that brings me, and all of us, closer to being the human beings we are meant to be. And if we transform our country and our world in the process, well, what an Adventure that will be!

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7 thoughts on “Scared? Uneasy? Curious? Good. Let’s do this!

  1. Rhonda Schuller

    Sounds like fun! I’m cuckoo for cocoa puffs! And not afraid of much anymore after almost dying in January 2014. I realized that life is way to short not to live it! Let’s do this!

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  2. Nikki

    I love your perspective here. Thank you for bringing to light what many of us have been wrestling with during our adulthood. I’m ready for a little more adventure…for sure!

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    1. Dana Shane Post author

      I’m happy to hear you can relate Nikki. I’m ready for more adventure too…and seeing the adventure in everyday things!

      Reply

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