“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” ― John A. Shedd

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I catch myself avoiding some things, things that could be uncomfortable, awkward or even scary.
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Taking risks, accepting change or stepping out of our comfort zone feels dangerous.
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My inner dialogue reminds me, risking or not risking does not change the hour, minute or second we die.
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When my PTSD was at its apex, going out to some events felt very dangerous, a place where triggers could erupt.
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Avoiding, not risking, led to six months of agoraphobia and suffering.
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These were irrationalional, trauma driven judgments that I knew cognitively were false.
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In reality, not risking has many negative consequences.
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Every new endeavor we try has an element of not working, loss, failure or success.
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In a way, we need to be able to tolerate awkward, uncomfortable or scary to live fully.
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Without strenuous challenges, how we will ever know what we are capable of.
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Maybe we are most alive when we challenge our irrational fears, or maybe our rational fears!
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Facing a fear, an awkward situation when we could choose to avoid, brings a great deal of satisfaction.
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Remember back to a challenging time when you endured.
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Feel how alive, aware, energetic your space became.
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Maybe we should take safe risks everyday!

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