Looking through my daughter's eyes, I see the world so differently. I see so many opportunities and possibilities that I once overlooked. Growing up I always played it safe. If I didn't have to do it, I didn't. So afraid to explore or try anything new, with excuses at the ready for why I couldn't do it. Not giving myself a chance was the biggest disservice I could do to myself, I basically failed before I even started, fear had become my inhibitor.
It wasn't until I entered my mid to late 30's that I started to really reflect on my life. Thinking about all of my past accomplishments and all of things I wanted to do, my "bucket list". Not sure if I am going through a mid-life crisis but I feel this sudden need to try new things, to learn all I can, to travel more and just have fun. As I set out to tackle the items on my bucket list I realized that I needed a plan of attack. Given my history with stepping outside of my comfort zone I decided to set a balance in goals (small and large). I set small goals up to help build my confidence and keep me motivated to work through the bigger ones.
I recently completed a small goal, which was a six-week ice skating class. My goal was to get around the rink with confidence and be able to stop. Sure, it's just a beginner's class but old habits are hard to break, right before my first class started I began to psyche myself out. "What if I fell and broke something? What if people laughed?" I sucked it up, put my skates on and got on the ice. I was so proud of myself for completing the class. By the way everyone falls, even the best skaters. Take a look at the video below.