When I look back at the past couple of years or so, I sometimes surprise myself with how many times I’ve jumped off the deep end into unknown territory. I’ve learned a lot about myself in my twenties — I’m confident in my abilities and am much more willing to take risks and try new things than I was when I was younger.
I’m still a huge worry wart, but I’ve definitely gotten better at handling my anxiety and realizing that things aren’t always as bad as they seem. In fact, sometimes when things go wrong they turn into some pretty awesome adventures.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane.
Learning to Ski
I’ve been a snowboarder my entire life — starting at age 7. When my board got held hostage at Ian’s school, I rented a pair of skis and fell in love. It’s pretty awesome being able to conquer a new skill, and not having to unstrap on cat walks.
Running an Ultra
Remember when I signed up for my first half marathon? I was terrified. And I was also terrified to run 34 miles. But guess what? I did it. And it was one of the happiest days of my entire life. I learned a lot about myself from that race, and cliche as it is to say — it made me a stronger person in all aspects of my life.
The first time I really traveled alone to an unknown city was when I went to New York to visit my friend Kathryn. I remember bursting into tears at the airport when my mom dropped me off — I wasn’t sure why I was so anxious and uneasy about navigating my way across the country, but I was. I took a deep breath and handled it. Sometimes all you can do is just try to handle it.
Trying and Competing in CrossFit
I decided in the span of, oh 3 or so days, that I wanted to try CrossFit. This was so unlike me! I usually deliberate decisions for months — but I decided to take a trial run at my local box and never turned back. This turned into my first CrossFit competition and many, many more. Now, you can find me at the box 5-6 times per week. Finding this sport was probably the most life-changing, positive experience I’ve had in the past 5 years.
Sometimes doing what you’re most afraid of doing is the very thing that will set you free.
That statement couldn’t be more true.