life tales

facing fears

4 April, 2016

“You don’t understand. Drowning in the ocean is literally my biggest fear,” said my friend half an hour before she completed the 1km ocean swim from Cooloongatta to Kirra over the weekend (which turned into almost 2km, when she swam off course).  

I once heard that you should write down the 5 things that scare you the most. Because imagine how you would feel once you overcame 1, let alone 5 things. 

Fears can control us. They can stop us from fully living. They can stop us from doing what we are passionate about, meeting incredible people and embracing opportunities that may not only shape us, but the world around us. 

Jumping into the metaphorical deep end of life can be terrifying. But keep a strong group of swimmers around you and trust me, you won’t drown. 

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I cheered on two of my beautiful uni friends swim in the race on the weekend. Neither had ever done an ocean swim. One overcome her greatest fear, the other reignited her passion for swimming competitively for the first time since in a few years and came 3rd! 

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I couldn’t be prouder. Nor could I be more inspired by their passion, drive and courage. 

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If you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time around, I must be doing pretty well. 

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xx Liz 

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6 Comments

  • Reply Kristy at Southern In Law 4 April, 2016 at 4:53 pm

    I LOVE this! Facing your fears is so so important – even though it’s a scary and horrifying task at times! It’s funny how we hold so much fear in something but as soon as we do it, we tend to realise that fear was completely made up and it really wasn’t a big deal afterall!

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 5 April, 2016 at 9:24 am

      That you so much! Facing fears truly is one of the most freeing things that you we do. We can unknowingly be slaves to fear. I love overcoming something that terrifies me. And I love supporting those around me do the same. Isn’t it incredible how powerful our imagination is? xx

  • Reply Lisa 5 April, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Very well said Liz – this was a timely reminder to me. It’s too easy to stay in our carefully marked-out comfort zones and never venture out just because it is ‘safe’ territory within that space. It sounds like you were a wonderful support to your friends over the weekend – they’re certainly very fortunate to have you! x

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 5 April, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Thank you so much. I hope that this inspires you face whatever fear is holding you back at the moment. I don’t doubt that there are incredible things ahead for you if you face whatever is challenging you to stay in your comfort zone. You truly are so kind. Thank you for your amazing support. xx

  • Reply Claire at My Pink & Green Life 8 April, 2016 at 4:08 am

    I am seriously in awe of your friends as I am just terrified of deep water! And thank you–this was a good reminder for me also as I often let my fear of the future control what I do now. Silly but true!

    • Reply Travelling Table Tales 8 April, 2016 at 8:07 am

      I’ve had to overcome my own share of fears at times. It was only when I stopped worrying and started living that I realised how much I could achieve. I still have my days – which is why I feel so blessed to be surrounded by people like these who really encourage and inspire me to be passionate and face the things that scare me. xx

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