Last week I came across an article of a young woman who grew up scared of a lot of things. As part of a class project that was to last 100 days, she decided to tackle 100 of her fears – one day at a time. She’s about halfway through the project and has danced like no one was watching, held a giant snake, and sung karaoke (check out her website). While I am not afraid of a lot of the things this woman is afraid of (such as getting a piercing or speaking in front of a crowd), I could identify with some (eating an insect or posing nude for a drawing class). And so, in the spirit of trying new things, I wanted to share a few things that I am afraid of doing. My thought process is that if I put it on the Internet, some kind of cosmic alignment will force me to do them, anyway, and I know I’ll be better off for it. Here they are:What is one thing you would do if you weren't afraid? #100dayswithoutfear Click To Tweet
- Giving up technology for a week. Or a weekend. Or really, even a day.
- Leaving my hair straightener (unplugged) at home. I have an unnatural fear of having my house burn down as a result of my dog plugging in my straighter to straighten his tail. Okay, not quite, but I am afraid that it will be too hot (even if I touch it) and burn the house down with my beloved pups in it, so I usually take it with me in the car when I leave. This is not normal and I need to get over it. Or at least do it once.
- Reading Stephen King. I was traumatized by The Shining (movie) and even though I know all of his book aren’t like that, I’m terrified of picking up one of his books.
- Letting a stranger sleep in my house. You know, like Airbnb or Couch surfing people.
- Sleep at the Stanley Hotel. It’s the hotel that inspired The Shining (again with that movie, I know) and it’s not far from where I live. You can actually sleep there and request a haunted room, as well as go on a midnight ghost tour, and the idea of sleeping there equally creeps me out and excites me.