Don't Wallow in Your Fears

Jan 16, 2014

Jen and I were discussing this the other day and it got me thinking...

When you stop to think about it, or rather if you stop to think about it, there are so many reasons not to go on a trip like this. So many goodbyes that will be said, so many parties you will miss, so many dangers lurking outside your safe little world, so many reasons to save your money instead.

I'll admit it...I'm terrified. I'm terrified I'll get eaten by a shark (one of my absolute biggest phobias), contract some weird disease, that my friends will forget me, that I'll miss precious family time that I won't be able to get back, that I'll fall off a cliff, that something will happen to Matt or Teague or Jen, that I'll come home and still have no way to make a living that I actually want to be doing, that I won't be good at making friends along the way, that because of this trip I won't be able to provide so completely for my possibly inevitable children like my parents have for me, and the list goes on and on.

It's easy to get swept up in thinking about all the negative and stay inside your saftey zone. But where's the fun in that? I realized recently that you have the ability to decide to think a certain way. What I mean is if I feel myself start to snowball into my laundry list of fears, I literally force my mind to stop, and instead choose to think of my positive laundry list for the trip. I make a choice to not just wallow in the what bad could happen to me, but rather in what good will happen.

And then I listen to the universe when it tells me that...



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Posted by Kevin O'Connell on
You and Teague have both expressed a certain amount of trepidation in embarking on your quest of discovery (both of the wider world and your selves).An additional thought which might bolster your resolve is the oft quoted story of the old man who, lying upon his death bed bemoaned the worries. trials and tribulations he had experienced almost daily throughout his eighty plus years.As his gathered loved ones tried to express their sympathy in a way the old man thought excessive he reminded them: "Well of course most of them never actually happened, but they scared the bejesus out of me at the time."
Posted by youaewe on
That is a lovely thought Kevin, thank you! I will remember this.
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