Sunday, March 21, 2004

Conquer Your Fear

Went skiing today for the first time in a LONG time (what's it been, three years?). Went to Cypress. It was enjoyable. But on those slopes, I experienced a revelation. Sometimes, if you're scared of something, the only way to go forward is to face your fear head-on and conquer it.

There were times when I was going fast enough for me to lose confidence in my ability to turn and avoid crashing into trees or falling off a cliff. When that happened, I chose to fall down, to stop myself and start again at a more controlled pace. But how does that improve my abilities? How is that skiing?

Finally, I vowed that I would not fall down no matter how fast I went and would instead attempt to brake, control my speed, and make the turn. It was exhilerating to be sure, but a more important thing happened. I broke my limits. I conquered my fear. I gained confidence. I tackled those stupidly easy green runs and made it all the way down without falling.

How many boundaries have I placed on myself these last few months that I'm unable to do even the simplest things? How is it that my confidence has been so low that I can't think I'm capable of doing what I want to do? Why was I afraid?

Moving forward. Now I will conquer these fears one by one. Whatever force imposed them on me (my subconscience? other people's words? something else?) will no longer have any hold on me. No more running. No more falling to avoid things. It's amazing the inspiration one can get from a day of skiing... You know, I might even accept that nomination after all... We'll see. From the soundtrack of one of my all-time favourite movies, Transformers the Movie. Still quite possibly the best American-produced cartoon of all time. :)

Dare
Artist: Stan Bush
Writers: Vince DiCola, Scott Shelly
Producers: Vince Dicola, Richie Wise
Arranger: Vince DiCola
Engineers: Tony Papa, Jamey Dell

Sometimes when your hopes have all been shattered
And there's nowhere to turn
You wonder how you keep going
Think of all the things that really mattered
And the chances you've earned
The fire in your heart is growing
You can fly, if you try leaving the past behind
Heaven only knows what you might find

Dare - dare to believe you can survive
You hold the future in your hand
Dare - dare to keep all of your dreams alive
It's time to take a stand
And you can win, if you dare

Everybody's trying to break your spirit
Keeping you down
Seems like it's been forever
But there's another voice if you'll just hear it
Saying it's the last round
Looks like it's now or never
Out of the darkness you stumble into the light
Fighting for the things you know are right

Dare - dare to believe you can survive
The power is there at your command
Dare - dare to keep all of your dreams alive
It's time to take a stand
And you can win, if you dare

Dare - dare to believe you can survive
You hold the future in your hand
Dare - dare to keep all of your dreams alive
The power is there at your command
Dare - dare to keep all your love alive
Dare to be all you can be
Dare - 'cause there is a place where dreams survive
And it's calling you on to victory

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