What to do with your fear

Do you remember the first time you did something new?


There is always something utterly fascinating with doing something for the first time. The anticipation keeps the heart beating a bit faster.

The imagination runs wild creating scenarios of what will/ should happen. Often times, what you had imagined does not always play out as you thought.

I remember vividly many times I did something for the first time. I didn’t know I was short-sighted until, I was about 15-years-old. The first time, I wore spectacles I thought I was literally walking on air.

It was so awkward really, everything seemed so clear and high. I had to take a couple of minutes to get my footing right. It felt like I was visiting earth for the first time.

These past few days, I am having a field day pouring through my journal and reliving my first times in life.

When you were born, you were slowly introduced to different things in the world for the very first time.

From the way your mum weaned you from her breast milk. Some mothers I know apply chili when the baby is stubbornly refusing to let go of suckling.

Slowly, you were introduced to new foods, new people were allowed within your vicinity.You learnt to accept every new thing as it came.

You started teething, spurting out words, crawling, walking. You started making tiny friends and saw life with new eyes. Basically, you started collecting experiences and every new day, you learnt something new.

Change is inevitable like the rain,taxes and death. You have to go through it. So, with everything you experience there is always a first.

Your first kiss,first love, first job, first embarrassing moment, first favorite shoe, first A in school, first place you ever visited, first best friend, first punishment, first post, first school, first meal you ever cooked…the list is endless.

Every first time we remember is associated with an unforgettable emotion. It maybe easy to remember the first time because of the fear associated with failing or euphoric feeling after it is successfully done.

The first time in a new school is associated with the fear of rejection, fear of not liking the new school or the thrill of being in a new school.

Doing something for the first time, means that you are ready to conquer your fear. Leaving caution to the air and just doing it.

I am currently participating in a 3 week juicing clinic. It is the first time, I have ever committed myself to something like this in my life. I have to admit it is one of the hardest thing I have ever done. I am looking forward to when it’s over. Though, am sure I will look back at the experience with a smile.

This has been highly motivated by the recently completed blogging challenge. Doing something for the first time and conquering the fear of failing brings with it such an awesome feeling.   It actually validates that anything is possible.

The driving force that makes you do something for the first time. Can be harnessed and used in practically any area of life. Most especially, in moving through fear.

Don’t you just love the excitement and joy of succeeding in doing something for the first time?

Which is your most memorable first time in life?