I seem to have communicated my philosophy of life to my younger daughter, only she takes it one step further: being scared is a good reason to say ‘yes’. I remember Erika as a pre-teen, standing on the cliff at Cave Point in Door County, Wisconsin--for forty-five minutes! She wanted to jump off into the waves like the other kids, but she was scared. She refused to give up. When she finally jumped, she loved it and jumped over and over. Maybe that’s why she is so determined to overcome her fears: she is sure she will love it when she does.
This is the same daughter who took trapeze lessons as an adult to get over her fear of heights. I’m not sure how long she stood on the platform the first day before the instructor “helped” her off. (She was wearing a harness.) Last weekend she went one step further. (A LOT of steps, actually.) She jumped out of an airplane.
“I told the cameraman to keep shooting even if I was so scared I passed out," she told me. "But I was surprised how 'unscared' I was at the time. The best way to describe the experience was ‘peaceful.’ And the view was spectacular every way you looked.”
Check out her video and know what can happen when you say ‘yes’ to facing your fears. Did I mention how proud I am of her and her hubby, Dan?