How many times do we let fear or anxiety stop us from doing something? I know I struggle with it all the time. Just this past spring however I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and did something I would never have thought possible. I took my daughter on a vacation just her and I. I drove through 12 states in 7 days. And while that may not seem like a big deal to most people for me it made me overcome so many fears and triggers of anxiety.
I am a homebody, my anxiety had me at hermit level for many years. Being at home was the only place I was able to relax and breath. So even planning the trip was a huge step for me. I planned on taking my daughter first to Savannah, Georgia then down to St. Augustine, FL and finally to New Orleans. My anxiety tried to convince me of every possible worst case scenario, of every way that this trip was a bad idea and that I should just cancel going. I did everything I possibly could to make this trip as easy and carefree as possible. I even paid for all of our hotels up front so that I couldn’t back out no matter how bad my anxiety wanted me to.
I was in a horrible accident a few years back where I rear ended a semi truck. I shouldn’t have survived it to be honest. But I walked away with a few bruises and a semi truck load of anxiety about driving or even riding in a car. It took me pushing myself outside of my comfort zone to finally break down the anxiety that had held me hostage for so long. Taking this trip was going to either make me or break me and I’ve never been one to let anything break me. I had 12 states and 2000 miles ahead of me, I did the only thing I could, buckled up and took control of the wheel & my anxiety.
Now that I look back, I wouldn’t miss that trip for the world. It gave my daughter and I memories we will cherish the rest of our lives, we became closer than ever, and we had a blast! My point is simply this: Don’t let your fear of the unknown stop you from taking the chance. I would have regretted not going on this trip the rest of my life, and while there were plenty of hiccups along the way I enjoyed the journey.