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Do you push yourself to do things that scare you?

I'm not a dare devil by any means, but I'm learning to embrace my fear. This is probably my greatest challenge. How about you?

silvereyes 8 Apr 3

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I have always heard this at least from the people that are very brave say. If someone tells you they are not afraid they have a fool for an advisor

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My wife just celebrated her 79 birthday and my daughters got us a hot air balloon ride. We are checking off our bucket list.

waiting for better weather

I don't like the term "bucket list", I am afraid I will hurt my toe if I kick a dang bucket, LOL I don't like euphemisms, for death, like she PASSED AWAY. WTH is that? Where did you she pass away to? A HOT AIR BALLOON? Am cracking myself up here. BEFORE I DIE, I would like to travel more. I have been in a balloon; it was a gas- really it was, so was most of my helicopter rides. LMAO, sorry...

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I push myself so long as it involves common sense.

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I was a hang glider pilot from 1990 to 1993.
I took up hang gliding hoping to better deal with my fear of heights.
I'm still scared to death and wonder how I did it without having a heart attack, or at least soiling my underpants.
I stopped because I got married in 1993, when she told me I couldn't hang glide anymore I secretly was thrilled to not have to run off mountain tops anymore.

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Jumped out an airplane with a parachute twice. Doing stuff like that really clarifies how cool it is to be alive - becuase you can be gone pretty easy - like falling out of an airplane.

jeffy Level 7 Apr 4, 2018
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On my motorbike, you bet and in normal life with panic/anxiety attacks or id be indoors all the time.

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I don't take unnecessary risks, but I do sometimes push outside my comfort zone. Taking on new responsibilities and traveling are things I find exhausting, but I'll occasionally decide that I'm going to do it even though it's not something I have to do.

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There's a saying, "feel the fear and do it anyway". I do not know who said it, but it works for me.

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I don't have to - those things seem to seek me out!

Jnei Level 8 Apr 3, 2018
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mountain and rock climber for 15 years, cured my fear of heights, bought a straight jacket from a police catalog, cured my claustriphobia. i am a real fan of aversion therapy.

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Yes. I've found that I am indecisive when it comes to involving others, such as a book discussion. SO, I will attempt to start a group on this website, be the moderator and see what happens. (This may not seem scary to most, but it is for me. I am my own worst critic.)

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I have in the past, it didn't help, so now I am happy to accept my phobias.

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More and more these days. I've probably taken on more new things within the last year or so than I've done in most of my life.

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Yes I usually do.. life is too short to waste time being afraid

Agreed!

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Yes I have done that. Being interested in all aspects of flight and also participating in flying in all it's usual forms, I became interested in paragliding at the age of about 65. although I was very scared of this form of flying, I forced myself to continue to participate......stepping off cliff tops terrified me to the extent that I took anti anxiety tablets [ benzodiazapine ] before every flight. I stood it for three years until one day I swung so much sideways that I feared falling into my own canopy.This caused me to gave it up and finally admitting to myself that I really was being quite .rediculous.....

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I seek things that scare my religious parents. I called them to inform them that I was going skydiving as I was driving to the location. Weeeeeee!

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My greatest fear used to be spiders. I taught myself not to be afraid of spiders. In fact, last night there was this poor spider about the size of a quarter stumbling around on my bed...I picked him up and put him somewhere safer. As for an action that is frightening, if you learn what fear is...it is exhilerating...like standing across from another 250+ behemoth who wants to take your head off...and knows how to take your head off...fear can become addictive at that point (I had never been so depressed and disappointed as when I found out I had a medical issue which was going to prevent me to fight). And with that, I leave you this: fear incarnate:

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Alas, my body isn’t as forgiving as it used to be, so pushing myself could have some pretty embarrassing consequences.

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I am the same way. Still hard to push myself to do some things. I have a few things in my bucket list that I want to try. Most of them are things that scare me. One of them being sky diving. That one will be the hardest for me to try. But its on my list.

I have a friend who use to do sky diving. I asked what it was like the first time he jumped out of an airplane and he replied: "It's not the first jump that gets to you, it's the second one." LOL

@ASTRALMAX funny, I always thought it was the last jump that gets you.

@ChrisJones It certainly does if the parachute doesn't open........

@ASTRALMAX I was wondering if anyone would get that. ?

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In my hobby field of ghost hunting fear is what makes it fun. Without it, it's just like watching paint dry.

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I do. Courage is not the absence of fear, but acting in spite of it. Granted I have no flight instinct and only fight. I'm strangely drawn to what scares me.

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I think the following will present a challenge,doing what is considered to be the most dangerous mountain hike in the world. See following link.

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Not after being a USAF fire fighter, an EMT and 3rd shift gas station cashier.

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I have developed a fear of heights over time, and a fear of intimacy recently. I don't care enough about the height thing to try to overcome it. The other kind of worries me, but it is harder to be in a position to overcome. The first l can do on my own if l desire. The second requires a partner.

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