I was watching a documentary series this morning called Limitless, with Chris Hemsworth (of Thor or, if you're of the generation Home & Away, fame).
There was a piece on it about a woman who practises high-lining (like tightrope walking but REALLY high up). Whilst it did in all honesty make me feel a bit queasy, there was a phrase she said that really resonated with me - "I walk through the fear, I don't try to make it go away".
It made me realise that in the last couple of years, I have been doing my utmost to make fear go away, to avoid situations that made me feel anxious. And whilst I definitely prefer a more peaceful life these days, rather than a thrill-seeking one, I do believe that, like with so many things, there is an ideal balance to be struck. And I don't believe that I currently have it right.
So with all that I have learnt over the years (particularly the last few), I am going to see if I can address this. I am going to face some of my fears, and learn to walk through them.
Following on from my last post, I have already started to embrace Christmastime (albeit sadly I got struck down with a horrible cold/cough bug for 11 days and had to miss out on several of the Christmastime festivities that I had planned) and am very much looking forward to spending some of Christmas Day with my wonderful (and very kind) new friend and her family.
My fears are very particular to me and probably not what most people might initially think of when it comes to fear. But they are mine, and I do believe they may hold me back. One of the newish ones to me is the fear of going somewhere new, the main fear about not knowing how easy it will be to find, and whether parking is straightforward. I am definitely going to walk through this one by using reframing and choice, as well as visualisation and breathing techniques.
I'll let you know how I get on 😊
Wishing you all a very happy and peaceful Christmastime, and much joy for the coming year.
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