Out-screaming Fear in 2012


“Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage.” – Matt Damon as Benjamin Bee

Words to live by in 2012.

So just two days to go of 2011. And I can say that this year has had its ups and its downs and has been roller coaster ride of an adventure. Luckily, I like roller coasters. Although, I didn’t always. But sometimes, you just have to muster up all the courage you have and just do it.

I saw an early screening of We Bought a Zoo a few weeks ago, and there’s a line that Matt Damon says that has stuck with me since seeing it. “Sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage, literally just twenty seconds of embarrassing bravery, and I promise you, something great will come of it.” (And I found it on good ol’ YouTube!)

On a side note, We Bought a Zoo was a great feel good movie perfect for the holidays. And it’s based on a true story.

I think Matt Damon’s line has stuck in my head because it’s so true. I know that fear has stopped me dead in my tracks from trying something new many a time.

This summer, for our anniversary, Cent and I went to Sea World  in San Antonio and there was this roller coaster. And your legs DANGLE. With CORK SCREW turns. OUT in the open. Now, I have been on a few roller coasters, but none like that one. Cent wanted to go. I was unsure. But how lame would it be if he rode alone and I just around stood waiting? So, I gathered my courage, and while I pulled down on the restraints, my heart pounded. Loud. Hard. I closed my eyes tightly and before we even took off, I started to scream. You know, to tame the fear. If I could out-scream the fear, I’d be okay. At least that’s what I told myself. And for those 90 seconds while going upside down, I didn’t let fear conquer me.

I survived. I half felt like kissing the ground, but that would be gross. And then, with real courage surfacing, I told Cent I wanted to ride again. This time, with my eyes open.

Sometimes, you just have to out-scream fear and realize that you can do what you never thought you could.

One photo from that adventure (I still miss those sunglasses which I lost at the water park!):

May you out-scream your fears in 2012 and run towards making your dreams come true!

What are your goals for 2012? I’ll be sharing mine on Monday!

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