Tuesday, September 10, 2013

What would you do if you weren't afraid?

I feel like my answer to this question varies but it is something that I think about often. Today I stumbled across some Lean In tumbler updates and they got me thinking. Here are some of the posts that stuck out to me:

I would stop counting calories and weighing myself. I would educate people about eating disorders and other mental health issues. I would remember that ups and downs are a part of life and I don’t need to use unhealthy behaviors to get through them! Dayna

“I’ve taken the first step and created a career and business for myself that I can fit my life in to, instead of trying to fit my life in to someone else’s idea of what a career for me should be. Now I need to take the next step and fully take ownership of everything … professional and personal.”-- Jennifer Evers, 43, Chicago

"At the root of any eating disorder is fear. I’ve been afraid of rejection, letting go, facing emotions and not being good enough for eight years. If I wasn’t afraid, I’d be happy. What more can you ask for?"— Fi, 22, London.

"I’m 18, and I’ve been dieting for the last three years. It controls my life. If I wasn’t afraid, I’d stop."

"Say NO more when it’s not the right fit!" Kristin Crane, 38, Providence, RI

You can check out other posts here.  I think a little fear is normal but sometimes it can be all consuming and crippling. I also think sometimes it is hard to tell if you have a normal amount of fear or a legitimate reason to be afraid. The bottom line is, we all do things we are afraid of initially. Sometimes we see that our fear was unnecessary and sometimes we had every right to be afraid. My goal is to never be stuck because of fear. We can do so many things this day and age why not try new things? I would rather try than to always wonder.

Here is what I on my "what would I do if I wasn't afraid" list so far:
  1. Open my own dessert boutique.
  2. Get my Ph.D
  3. Stop counting calories.
*There are a few other things I'd probably do but they probably fall under the what would I do if I was rich category as opposed to me being afraid...you know like quit my job, travel the world, etc hehehe.*

 Have you ever thought about what you would do if you weren't afraid? What would you do?


  1. If I wasn't afraid I'd risk losing everything i have, which isn't much, and following all the way through with my career goal now instead of later.

  2. Thank you for sharing Lashuntrice. What is your career goal if I may ask?