Why It's Good To Do One Thing A Day That Scares You

Why It's Good To Do One Thing A Day That Scares You

Take risks.
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I've always loved the saying, "Do one thing a day that scares you." Why? Because I think that's so vital, especially for our own wellbeing. I love to challenge myself and sometimes, it's good to push past your own boundaries and get out of your comfort zone.

If you are going to participate in this challenge, do it on your own terms. Something that "scares you" can vary from talking to a person you have a crush on to going out to dinner by yourself, to trying a new food dish. What scares you could be something normal that others do on a daily basis or don't find those things to be a challenge, so don't think that you have to live by their standards. Your fears are just that, they are YOURS.

Getting out of your comfort zone is terrifying, yes, but you are looking fear in the face and telling it that YOU have control. Your comfort zone is like a little box that you've placed yourself in. It's safe and familiar, but nothing really changes — Nothing new really happens. Taking risks and getting past your fears is where you find yourself and where you find life.

If you were to play the hardest game and know very well that you'll probably lose, would you still do it? Some of you may answer no, but to those of you who say yes, you're probably realizing that it's the challenge and taking that risk that makes you grow stronger. You know there's a high chance that you'd lose, but you still try anyway because you never know what may happen.

I don't want to have a boring life. I want to live a life where I can say, "Yes, I did something today that scared me and made me uncomfortable, but I did it and I'm stronger from it." So, make that leap, you never know where those risks might lead you.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things. If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity towards this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you, if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Compassion Is Powerful, So Never Give Up A Chance To Show Some

Whether it's towards your friends, family, or even strangers, please, never waste an opportunity to be a good person and to show support during tough times.

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Sometimes, I forget that not everyone is like me.

I don't mean looks, I don't mean brains. I'm talking about empathy and sympathy, about caring for another human. I forget that not everyone was raised the same way I was.

In light of recent events, the topic has come up often, at least within my family. Long story short, I've had to make sure more than usual that I am there for my best friend when she needs it (and even when she doesn't realize she does). But then again, why wouldn't I be there for her?

Back in high school, when she was going through a rough time, I stuck by her side because HELLO I adore her. My mother received a call from the school about what happened and she proceeded to thank me for being there for my bestie. I was confused by this praise. Was that not what I was already "supposed to" do?

The thing is, not everyone thinks like that. Tough times scare people off sometimes because they can't handle it, which is fair. But when my best friend needed someone to be there for her more than ever, I was prepared to be that person.

She had to miss a lot of school that year and we (me and our other close friends) couldn't visit her for a while, so we wrote letters back and forth. I wrote the most. Not as a contest, but because I cared and knew she needed to know that.

I often forget that other people may not be brought up to give as much affection as they receive. I'm not sure if it's because we get comfortable with each other and forget that we're only human and could use reassurance every so often no matter how great things are going, or if it's because we think the other person already knows how we feel.

That same best friend from high school has had a shitty past few months. Since I've been by her side for almost six years now and don't intend to go anywhere, of course I wouldn't leave her side now.

My parents and sister again thanked me for being there for her and for being a good friend and I still didn't get why it was a big deal. I'm doing what any friend should do.

I understand that some people aren't so good at emotions or consoling others or whatnot. But I guarantee that nine times out of ten, the person will feel better even if you try and don't do such a great job versus you doing nothing at all. Because at least you cared enough to try.

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