I'm not afraid of many things. Just heights, snakes, spiders, the headless horseman (scarred for life from watching a Scooby Doo cartoon when I was a kid), and things that go bump in the night. I grew up in the burbs on Long Island where there is always noise outside on the street. I now live in the country where it’s so quiet at night you can literally hear the house settling. Very unsettling!
I am however, cautious which is different! I always pay attention to my surroundings when I'm in a city. I abide by the driving rule," if you don't, know don't go", something I learned from my High School Drivers Ed teacher. When traveling abroad I have the address of the US Consulate on my person at all times unless I'm in England then I have my Aunt Pat's number, instead.
Fear has rarely kept me from doing things I want to experience life to the fullest. Most of the time, that is. A few years ago, in Paris my fear of heights kept me from ascending to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I made it half way which is about 400 ft. so I felt pretty confident that I wasn't missing the view. Higher would have just been, well, higher. Ten years ago, I climbed the 446ft. tower of St. Stephen in Vienna where the only thing keeping me from falling to my doom was a chain link fence. Mamma Mia! Did I mention that I was afraid of heights?
As I'm writing this, I'm on my way to India. A place I will admit I've always been afraid to visit. India is so big, so crowded, so...different! I saw the movie Slumdog Millionaire and somehow, I envisioned it as the true representation of India. I know, ridiculous! Maybe The Second Best Marigold Hotel would have been a better movie representation.
Through the years I have met many people in the US and in England who are originally from India. These are all intelligent, loving, caring people. Ram and his family looked after my mom and always brought her home-made dishes after my dad passed away. Priya shares her grandmother's special Christmas Cake with me and Suresh is one of the funniest guys I know (other than Mark).
We're actually going to see him and his wife, Seema in Bengaluru next week.
Though I'm a bit nervous about my trip because it is taking me well out of my comfort zone. (I may be less nervous if everyone would stop telling me NOT to drink the water.) But isn't stepping out of your comfort zone exciting in itself? Trying something different, seeing something unique and meeting new people. Absolutely!
For this Motivational Monday Message, I encourage you to "embrace fear and experience Life! You only live once. Unless, of course you believe in reincarnation.