If someone wants me to try something scary, they need to introduce the idea slowly, and preferably with a bribe. It took Matt 8 months to get me to try paddling, and the night before my first paddle I literally threw a tantrum, had a panic attack, and cried at the mere thought of getting on a paddleboard.
|My first time ever paddleboarding.|
|For how much I hate water, it seems to be a major gateway to learning to have courage. Here I am snorkeling in the Bahamas.|
|My first-ever solo race, and the first time I ran a sub30 5k.|
|Matt was the one who prompted me to take my Birthright trip to Israel before I aged out of the program. (Come to think of it, he was also behind getting me to study abroad.) Here I am with my cohort excavating underground ruins.|
|It may not seem as scary as traveling the world, but choosing to go to grad school was a major leap of faith...And for an introvert like me, teaching takes courage every day.|
|Ziplining in the rainforests of Panama.|
|Hiking up Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.|
|Climbing rock faces in Leo Carillo, California.|
Learning to be daring has taught me that I'm not made of glass, that life can be bigger and more enjoyable than I'd ever thought possible, and that if you fake it 'til you feel it, eventually daring will come.
What's the biggest risk you've ever taken?
Are you a naturally daring person?
What has running given you the confidence to do?