I can’t explain how terrified I once was to jump on this bike and ride it. I was so scared I wouldn’t shift right, would fall, get stuck in the clips, get too winded and have people see me walk-in it up hill, get hit by a car etc etc.
My fears are natural and all valid.
In the past my fears ruled me. I’d avoid situations, challenges, things I knew I would suck at initially.
To me avoidance was better than embarrassment or failure.
Til one day I flipped a switch in my head (this is what happens when you surround yourself with positive, uplifting people) NOW, things are very different, I’m very willing (most of the time) to face fears head on, ready to fail, ready to feel and be vulnerable, knowing the feeling of freedom and accomplishment is just on the other side of that scared out of your mind feeling.
Being brave is not the absence of fear, true bravery is having fear and moving forward in spite of it.