As you know, I just returned from a trip to Disneyland (which was wonderful by the way). Part of our fun at Disneyland was riding roller coasters with my fearless 5 year old daughter. We would raise our hands up in the air and squeal wildly as we rode with delight. Afterwards, we would grin from ear to ear while enjoying the feeling of giddiness in our bellies.
This was a milestone for me, as I have not ridden a roller coaster since my auto accident almost 9 years ago. The risk had rightfully been too great for me to re-injure my still-healing body and brain.
Recently, I have been proudly sharing with anyone who will listen that I am now living in a pain free body. It has taken 9 years of dedication and commitment and hard work to get me here, and it feels fabulous!
I decided at Disneyland that it was time to let go of my fear and to give myself permission to fully experience the thrill of an amusement park again.
At the end of a thrilling and exhilarating day I realized that letting go of fear, raising your hands to the air and screaming wildly might be a good metaphor for how to live our lives (instead of staying off the ride or bracing tensely for whats ahead, both of which leave you feeling less than happy or at best, a bit sore).
I am already fantasizing (remember I did just spend a week at Fantasy Land) about getting back on skis again this winter and doing some of the things that I chose to put on hold as my body mended.
I ask you, what do you dream of doing that fear or caution have kept you from experiencing? I dare you to get on the ride of your life, put your hands in the air and squeal until your cheeks hurt. You will be glad that you did!
By the way, if you are wondering who those crazy people are in the picture, that is me, Ania and my father.
Have a Fearless week!