There is something so powerful in doing the things we fear. My grandfather used to say “the only thing you should fear is fear itself.” And he was right!
Over the last 6 months, I made a promise to myself to not let fear stop me from living the life I want.
And boy-oh-boy, the last 6 months have been the most wonderfully crazy months of my entire life.
Now, I’m not talking about ridding your life of fear. Quite the opposite really! My life credo’s written in my journal is “Acknowledge your fear; do it anyway!” You see, when you feel fear, it’s your logical (lazy) mind telling you it’s too hard, or that you might fail.
You feel fear when something is outside of your comfort zone. Well, let me tell you, no one made all their dreams come true living in “that” place. In the comfort zone. It’s the place where most of the population go to stop living and start existing.
It’s over the comfort zone fences where the magic happens.
Where you get to live your life to the fullest. Where you grow and have a great time doing it. That’s not to say there won’t be challenges along the way; because there will be! But the success or failure at the end of it is better than existing in the confines of the comfort zone.
In the last six months, I have done things I would never have dreamed of. I ran for city council, planned, and coordinated an election campaign, which I had no experience in what-so-ever. I was invited to speak on city wide radio. I organised community workshops as an independent community member. I regularly ignite Australia wide discussions about humanitarian issues facing Aboriginal Australians. I write about it and have had one of my articles published in a local magazine.
Did I know what I was doing? No. Did it strike fear into me? Yes. But I did it anyway.
I am currently working on an empowerment project for young girls. It’s a crazy big and complex project. It’s quite terrifying. But at the end of the day, I was created to empower others. If I wasn’t doing this, I wouldn’t be the true, authentic me.
The powerful thing about doing something you fear, is you take back something that is completely yours.
Come on! Be a rebel and jump the fences of the comfort zone. Come and claim your power on the other side.
Louise is new to the world of writing but she doesn’t let that (or anything else) hold her back. She is a loving mother, a devoted wife and entrepreneur with a successful business. Louise’s humanitarian-based writing gravitates towards Aboriginal affairs, child protection and reconciliation. Louise is not afraid to let her inner warrior out, even if it means she must first stand alone.
Why are we doing this thing? Because there’s enough noise in the world telling women what we ‘should’ be doing.
We should parent more consciously, but not be helicopter parents. We should take care of our bodies, but not be vain. We should make boys pay, but demand equal rights. We should dress appropriately, but also be confident in our skin, wear what we want, but not be provocative, oh and please feel comfortable in the world’s skimpiest school bathers but then wear your jeans to the formal because last year the boys looked up the girls’ skirts and so you’ll have to be the ones to modify your behaviour. Yeah. No.
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