Hotel de Ville at night (Capitol Building)
I already know taking this journey and living in Paris is one of my greatest decisions! I’ve been walking and wandering for hours a day and enjoying the history, pastries, wine and people.
Here are some pictures from my morning walk and breakfast:
But it didn’t all feel so amazing when I first got here. I felt so excited and alive to be on this journey but was also experiencing fear like nobody’s business!
As my mother would say I’m fearless and always have been. I take risks and enjoy stepping out of my comfort zone. Going out and doing and trying new things usually isn’t my weakness. So needless to say when I arrived in Paris last week and was paralyzed with fear it totally threw me for a loop.
Once I got unpacked and settled in my apartment it took me forever to get the courage to actually leave it. Once I did all of the sudden I couldn’t remember any of my French, I was terrified of getting lost and not being able to get back. All the street names seemed so complicated and it all just became too much.
So I got back to my apartment and just sat the with the feeling. I got into reality. Here’s the thing about fear, it’s a feeling for a reason. It’s meant to keep us safe from life endangering events. But what also ends up happening is it keeps us “too” safe from living the life of our dreams. It keeps us safe from being seen, looking stupid, being judged, feeling like a failure (should I keep going or do you get the point?!). We start to allow non-life threatening fear keep us stuck in this place of just living an ‘ok’ life. Of not really going for it because of the uncertainty on the other side.
“If it doesn’t challenge you it doesn’t change you.”
And here’s what I realized. I didn’t just step out of my comfort zone…I jumped off a cliff out of it. And I got scared. And when I felt through it I then got real real happy! Happy because I did what I wanted to do. I was stretching and stepping into the unknown. Out of my comfort zone and in doing so I’ve already had some of the most breathtaking moments of my life this past week.
So what would your life look like on the other side of fear? On the other side of worrying about what other people are thinking. Of being afraid to look stupid. Or fail.
Start small and and do one thing this week out of your comfort zone. It could be as simple as walking a different way to work. Smiling at the cute guy on the train. Speaking up in a meeting.
Head over to my Facebook page and share what you’re doing this week to get on the other side of your fear!