Some of life’s greatest lessons are learned from our children. My daughter is more intelligent than I could ever dream of being. Her mind is so freaking active with all the possibilities of the world. It really is amazing to witness. And she’s just so stinkin’ fearless it’s unbelievable! However, there are times I’m reminded that she is still very much a child, who is afraid of the unknown.
So, this weekend Audrey has an overnight birthday party. She’s never been any place overnight except for with Grandma. This will be a totally new experience for her (and let’s face it, me as well. C’mon now! *sniff* … I’m not crying. You’re crying!) She came up to Melissa and me with a dream she had been having. The dream was basically something bad had happened at the sleepover and it was making her scared. Overactive kid imagination stuff. So she asked us “Do you think it means anything?!” Of course, we let her know that it was probably because she was nervous about the sleepover – which she denied profusely, mind you! Can’t seem scared. She’s the big sister, after all!
It wasn’t until after we got her to bed that I started-a-thunking. How often are we, as adults, scared of the unknown? Seriously! How often do we have our stomachs turned in 27 knots because we are being stretched beyond our comfort zone at work, or perhaps moving to a new place? Maybe something more drastic like talking to a new person at an event we are attending *gasps*!
Now, just like this sleepover, how often have we pushed through that discomfort to find that the thing we were afraid of, wasn’t so bad after all? It’s funny because, if we are truly being honest, the answer is “never”. It’s N E V E R as bad as we make it out in our minds. That shiny new project is well within our capabilities (albeit maybe with a little self-teaching). The new apartment is actually quite nice and the neighborhood is pretty quiet. The new guy at Friday Night Magic is actually pretty chill, even if he’s a jerk who plays modern Tron. (You know who you are…)
We all have this happen to us to some varying degree. It’s unavoidable. So how do we realize it’s happening and avoid it?
Oh, if you were expecting me to answer? I’m afraid you are going to be disappointed. I literally have no clue. I was asking you. How do you overcome the unknown? Does that little twinge of fear excite you? Do you revel in the mystery? Perhaps you are like my daughter and have an overactive imagination and dream up the craziest of possibilities. Let me know in them comments, homies!
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