The horse doesn’t care whether you do or not. He might sense your fear, but if anything, he is indifferent to it.
And, it’s so easy to explain the thing holding you back. Everyone will understand.
If you’re afraid of horses, or the high dive at the pool, there’s probably a good reason. You’ve probably explained your logical explanation a hundred times. You’ve convinced yourself that your fear is rational, and you’ve grown to accept it as reality.
Horses and diving boards are scary. Stay away from any experience that might involve either.
Your story has nothing to do with the horse, or the diving board.
Rationalize it all you want, but the only thing that is real is your belief that it’s ok to be afraid.
The fear isn’t in the horse, or the diving board.
The fear is in doing it anyway.
I was stalling (no pun intended!) the writing of this post. I was afraid of it. I started to think about you, the reader, and what you would think if I started writing again, after a week.
The process isn’t whether you’re going to read this and think anything of me. The process is in overcoming that fear and doing it anyway.
I am back on the horse today.
What’s holding you back from getting back on the horse? Are you buying into the crap that your story about your fear is telling you? Is it real? Or is it just an excuse to let you off the hook?
Also published on Medium.