In several posts I have spoken about creating a dare in life. By taking on a challenge in life you expand and grow. I really do believe that when we step outside the comforts of our safe circle of experience, things we do not yet know can happen. I have decided to take that unknown step and see what shows up.
Confronting fears is a great way to move out of the safety zone. In working with my wonderful coach Kymm Nelsen, I’ve had the opportunity to stretch. When we explored my deeper fears it did not take long for me to get in touch with one of my strongest ones: deep water. Now I can go out in a boat over deep water; what I am revealing here is my breath taking fear of drowning in deep water. Yes, I do believe it’s likely a past life remembrance, as I have not had any near drownings in this life. I do not go into water that is over my head. Ever.
To face my fear and move right through it, I would have to dive down into deep water. Doing that deed never was appealing. Even when both my sons took SCUBA lessons I had no desire to do a dive. Too scared. I just wanted to stay safe. In fact I thought it was stupid to put on an oxygen tank and go into the underworld of water which felt to me like risking my life.
But now I am determined to move beyond this fear. To get started, I visited a local dive shop to look around and get a feel for the equipment and the training one would get before diving. An opportunity came to take a Thanksgiving vacation with my family to Puerto Vallarta. I thought that this could allow me to take a chance of supervision with experienced divers. Whew! It still feels out of my comfort zone, but now I feel the urge and courage to challenge myself.
Many times before in my life I have walked past fears, hesitations, and reluctances and surprisingly received tremendous growth for being willing to dare. Many times I have done challenges alone; this time I do not have to. Lesson learned.
During the Thanksgiving break I will be SCUBA diving! If you stay in touch with my blog and newsletter you’ll learn the outcome, as I will report back when I return from Mexico, hopefully with a big smile on my face!