A few words on fear, experience it, and resolve not to be a timid adventurer…

IMG_20170415_095025“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”
H. P. Lovecraft

I just completed my last note for my last patient in Texas! Medical professionals will know the joy of getting paper work off their plate for a while (because we all know those moments don’t last too long…but they are to be enjoyed when they happen)

When Stefan and I moved to Austin last August, I had only visited for 2 days, I had no job, and knew no one. When I accepted a position as a pediatric home health therapist, I was brand new to treating kids AND working in the home. …I didn’t know what to expect, my brain was flooded with apprehension, excitement, and of course fear.

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

This job was challenging in more ways than one. My friends and family, who always lend a patient ear will attest to the emotional struggles and my car’s odometer, which skyrocketed 150 – 250 miles PER DAY will attest to the physical struggles.

9 months later I’ve learned so much about my profession and even better…. myself. And isn’t that the point of our life’s adventures?

“When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stefan, Laika, and I are off on a new adventure tomorrow and there are many many unknowns. However, I’m grateful to have such loving friends and family…who always support my curiosity and remind me…there is no other way to live than to :

Live fearlessly. 

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Bloukrans Bridge, Eastern Cape, South Africa 2014 

Happy adventuring friends!

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”

Neil Gaiman

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