You guys. I hate mud. I hate getting dirty. I hate germs. I’ve never been the kind to enjoy making mud pies or to jump in puddles. I like being clean and looking nice and keeping my hands dirt, grime and germ free. So I surprised myself when I said yes when my friend asked me if I wanted to do this year’s annual Mud Run in Boise.
In school we all (hopefully) learned about opposites. North and South, Hot and Cold, Right and Left (though I still sometimes struggle with that one) and Yes and No. I’ve found my greatest power in life- saying yes to things that are new and exciting and just adamantly saying no to things that I am against. It’s hard to know the difference, but I promise there is a discernment between the two.
Jim Carrey stars in the movie “Yes Man” about a man who challenges himself to say yes to everything for an entire year. Now, I’m not saying to go that far. But I am telling you how liberating it is to say YES!! Even, no, especially if it pushes the envelope. (As a side note, please don’t say yes to illegal or dangerous things.) On the Saturday of the mud run, I could feel my heart racing in my chest as we lined up at the starting line. I was about to dive into mud, deep water where I couldn’t see the bottom, and get downright dirty. The very first obstacle was a giant mud pit, where I was up past my knees in mud. From there, I had to go down a slide, into a swamp of murky water and lots and lots of more mud. But the moment I let myself go, and just went for it in the dirty depths of the muck and yuck, I felt… amazing! It was such a freeing feeling! I wasn’t scared, and if I could do this, I could do anything. Last year, when I was in Paris, I ate SNAILS for Heaven’s Sake. I cringed, I tried to worm my way out of trying them, but in the end, I said YES! And ate some stinking snails!!
The more I’ve realized my worth, the more I have learned to say no to things as well. It so incredibly empowering to walk away from a situation that makes me uncomfortable or upset. To say no to people who don’t deserve to hear yes, and to stand up for yourself in situations where you’re being put down or challenged.
At the end of the day, it more or less comes down to being fearless. You are your own person and no one can tell you what to do or how to live your life. Say yes!! To adventures! Say yes to things that will help you be a happier person! And say NO! To anything that won’t make you happy. At the end of the day, no one can make you happy like you can make you happy. Getting rid of your hesitations and your fear, and creating your own best life is the best and most liberating feeling!
For how to be fearless, click HERE
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