Sometimes the feelings of being scared and excited can elicit the same physical response in our bodies.

Now that pride month is coming to a close, we may diagnose ourselves as feeling scared when what we really feel is excited. Often we have not been taught how to welcome the thrill of a new opportunity, and so we opt to back off, indulging our anxiety instead of awakening our courage. One way to inspire ourselves to embrace the what comes next is to look more deeply into our feelings and see that butterflies in our stomach or a rapidly beating heart are not necessarily a sign that we are afraid. Those very same feelings can be translated as excitement, curiosity, passion and even love.

There is nothing wrong with being afraid as long as we do not let it stop us from doing the things that excite us. Most of us assume that brave people are fearless, but the truth is that they are simply more comfortable with fear because they face it on a regular basis. The more we do this, the more we feel excitement in the face of challenges rather than anxiety. The more we cultivate our ability to move forward instead of backing off, the more we trust ourselves to be able to handle our lives beyond this festive month. When we feel our fear, we can remind ourselves that maybe we are actually just excited. We can assure ourselves that this opportunity has come our way because we are meant to take it.

Framing things just a little differently can dramatically shift our mental state from one of resistance to one of openness. We can practice this new way of seeing things by saying aloud: I am really excited about what comes next. I am excited to have the opportunity to do something I have never done before. As we do this, we will feel our energy shift from fear, which paralyzes, to excitement, which empowers us to direct all that energy in the service of moving forward, growing, and learning.  

One Comment Add yours

  1. nubianikigai says:

    I’m excited coming towards the end of Pride month.

    This has been a month of pride. It’s been a month long reflection on who I am as an individual.

    As an individual. I’m proud to say that I have the right be myself, I have the right to be who I am. I have the right to own who I am. I have the right to define my own idividuality and the right to express and experience my individuality in my own way.

    Basically. I am taking pride in being myself and owning my own. I am pround to be a part of this community. There is pride in being. I own this community and each individual in it, in the say way as we should be owning each other.
    I am taking strides in Pride, I am hopeful, open, loving in Pride. Pride is not just for a month.

    Pride is FOREVER



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