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Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.” That’s good advice. It’s also frackin’ intimidating. I consider myself a confident, independent 26-year-old woman. I live in a big city. I pay my bills on time. I’ve held down the same job for two, going on three, years. I don’t have a boyfriend, and I’m okay with that. I work on my own car, repair my appliances , and assemble my IKEA furniture without help. I scoop up bugs and beetles to release them outdoors.

But there are a lot of things that scare me. Things like bars, strangers, failures, and dating the wrong guy. Intellectually, those things seem silly to be so anxious about. But the knots that form in my stomach feel anything but silly.

So what am I going to do about it?

Outside Your Comfort Zone

I’m going to start pushing open doors that make me a little uncomfortable. I’m going to challenge myself to find the things that scare me — small and large — and face them head on. Hopefully, a few of these steps beyond my comfort zone will yield exciting results! Perhaps some will fail miserably, and I’ll walk away with nothing but a mildly amusing anecdote. Either way, I’ll try to find something to learn from each new challenge. Because, “If you don’t take risks, you’ll have a wasted soul.” Drew Barrymore is no Eleanor Roosevelt, but I like the way she thinks.

And a soul is a terrible thing to waste.

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