Why It’s Important to Scare yourself Once a Week
As a snowboarder, the Summer time off season easily becomes a grind of work and keeping up on responsibilities. Recently I found myself feeling a little stale thanks to an uninspired summer routine. Thoughts of exposure pulsed through my mind as pictures of High Sierra peaks began to bury the many emails I’d been drafting on the computer. As my palms began to sweat I knew I had found a mountain I had to stand atop. Thoughts of unknown arose; is this in my ability? What could go wrong? Screw it, I said to myself, there’s only one way to find out. So there I was, in the comfort of my own house; nervous, scared and excited.
Comfort Zones are illusions.
How would we know comfort without experiencing un-comfort? We all are victims of being over-comfortable, I love lounging around the house in sweats and drinking coffee all day, but to really appreciate those days of comfort, it’s important to indulge in the stark contrast.
Spike in blood sugar/ Spike in life sugar.
You know that feeling when your energy crashes and you’re feeling h-angry so you grab a Snickers? Sometimes a little dose of scare can come in handy when life is getting a little tiring and monotonous.
You will see beautiful things.
Scaring yourself will take you to new places and you will see things in a new light, physically and metaphorically.
Transcend moments of doubt.
Optimism can be hard to perpetuate sometimes. When you put yourself out there and scare yourself, you’ll usually overcome some sort of challenge which, in turn, will make you more capable than ever before. What you once thought you couldn’t do becomes another checked box.
You’ll feel more alive.
Being scared activates your senses and emotions. Like splurging on 91 octane gasoline for your car, your body will fire on all cylinders. You’ll feel more connected to yourself and what’s going on around you.
Learn to balance risk and reward.
The more you practice the ritual of a weekly scare, the more you understand how to smartly approach risk taking and the values of reward. You’ll build on past experiences, learn from mistakes and figure out how you handle scary/stressful situations the best.
Spontaneity will energize you and you’ll inspire others.
Become a yes person, ready for any adventure. It always leads to a more exciting life and others will pick up on your aura.
Become a walking storybook.
Storytelling is at the core of humankind. It can be hard to tell a captivating story of your day spent at the mall, I for one would be a more attentive listener to someone who breached their comfort zone to experience life’s unknowns.
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