No one said is facing your fears was easy. But is rewarding. This we the task was to learn something new that you might find intimidating. I had a difficult time figuring out what task to select. There are things that intimidate me yes like diving, singing, speaking in public but when I examined these I can’t say my fear was enough to hold me back from doing them if I wanted to. I really just didn’t have enough interest in them.
So what did I finally choose? Home construction. Yes I know its not very sexy and it surprised me as well. But let me back up a moment. My job (outside of mommying and blogging.) is working for the building department of a local municipality. It was never something I went to school for, was trained for and was kind of a place I ended up in last April. Not knowing at the time where I would fit in the department or if I would even like it, I was blessed to encounter some wonderfully encouraging people and genuine kindness. One of the opportunities I was given was to shadow a building inspector. He was extremely knowledgeable and I learned so much from him but…I felt like a complete fool.
Like I said I ended up in the building department by happenstance. My training had been in communications, records managements and journalism. I know nothing about building codes, reading plans and construction requirements. However, I really found I was interested in seeing what went into how a home was built.
The craftsmanship, materials, design. There was something about watching a space go from nothing to slowly grow into a home or a business. Learning how these material might one day protect a family, provide a job or make use of natural resources in a whole new way, sounded really well… cool.
But then self doubt entered my head. Having just turned 41 and was I too old to be trained in an entirely different field? I know nothing about this and it would take to long to learn enough to be useful? I’m a girl this was a field for boys. (Yes, I actually thought that.) All of these reasons continued to seep into my head, dulling what interest I had. So I let it go. Forgot about it. Until this challenge.
So far I have taken a few books from the library and plan on shadowing some other people in the building department but for now at least I am ignoring the fear and self-doubt. I am eager to learn and see where it takes me.
What task did you choose? What did you challenge yourself to learn this week? How did it help you? Did you overcome a fear? Please share your experiences I would really love to hear about it!
On to week three….
Week Three: Test your physical Limits
Do something physically that will oush your body further. How many times have you done something physical and stopped when you felt the beginnings of tiredness? Do you realize, with a little mental fortitude, how much more you could get out of your body? In other words, we give up way to soon and way too fast at even a minor sign of discomfort?
So how are you going to challenge yourself? Are you going to run a little faster? Lift a bit heavier? Walk farther? You are stronger then you think…go get it!