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Be Fearless

Little known fact, or maybe you already know it, I don’t know, I don’t live your life…I love personality quizzes. I also love podcasts. Combine the two and I’m one happy gal.

The podcast I’ve been basically inhaling lately is Ologies. It’s an interview style podcast where each guest is a specialist in some type of field, study or science. This morning I listened to an Ology about the study of personalities and it pointed me to the website Truity where I could take The Big Five test to see where I landed on the OCEAN scale which is an anagram that stands for Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism. Basically the Big Five looks at the five major dimensions of personality, according to the website. Low and behold here is my score.

You, my readers are probably as surprised as I am that I’m only 23% neurotic, sometimes I think I’m 100% neurotic! Today was just a good day in my chemical brain I guess.

What I wasn’t surprised with was my openness and that I’m an extrovert, I mean come on, I have a blog telling the internet all of my inner thoughts and romantic exploits – or some of them anyway. The test also confirmed what I already knew, that I’m an adventure junkie and that I am a very logical thinker. I have always been a solution-based thinker. A problem is set before me and immediately I’m searching for the most suitable solution, not necessarily the steps to get there, just the end result that will best fit the situation.

I was pleasantly reminded that I am rather fearless. Or rather, I may experience fear and trepidation but those emotions don’t stop me from moving forward with things. I may have to stop and stew on the big stuff for a while (like possible hip surgery) but the fear isn’t going to be the thing that stops me from getting it done. The money might, but not the fear.

I think being fearless is one of my favorite qualities about myself. My Parents have always said once I set my mind on something you might as well just move out of the way because it’s happening whether you like it or not.  Once my mind is made up it’s practically impossible to change it.  I think anyone I’ve ended a relationship with can attest to that. Once I make a decision it’s done been made, ya’ll.

Is that why I love being single so much? I love the independence of being a party of one. I love knowing that I am in control of me and I can decide to have pork rinds and a margarita for dinner or not. I don’t have to shave my legs for anyone and I can wear sweats every hour of every day and I don’t care who sees me. This paragraph took a turn didn’t it?

Being fearless and hunting down adventure doesn’t have to be dangerous or full of adrenaline.  Adventure – at least for me, means meeting new goals, having new experiences and meeting new and interesting people.  Adventure can be doing something I’ve never done, going places I’ve never been and making new connections.  I’m sure I’ve quoted it before, but one of my favorite movie lines from one of my favorite movies is what Rosslyn Russell said in Auntie Mame (1958).

“Life is a banquet! And most poor suckers are starving to death!”

That sentence pretty much sums up my look at life.  Want to try something? Do it! (within reason, please….don’t go rob a bank or anything else illegal or immoral) Have a goal in mind? Make a plan to meet it.  Is there someone in your life you really enjoy and want to spend more time with? Tell them!

Life is short. Literally.  We only have so many spins around the sun before it’s onto the next big spiritual adventure, depending on what your beliefs are.  So try the thing, eat the food, wear the good underwear and buy the damn shoes!  Live, Damnit! Live!

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and feel like I squandered it.  This life is precious and we are put here to live it.  People come into our lives – or us into theirs – for a Reason or for a Season.  We have access to so much joy and happiness in our lives and most of it doesn’t cost a dime.  Most of it is simple connection, dialing in to a person or dialing into a place or a thing.  Sometimes the joy can come from just being grateful for what we already have.

I’ve begun asking the people around me to tell me three things they’re grateful for.  The answers are usually the same, family, job, freedom.  How about I task you with going a little further with gratitude.  I’m grateful for a coffee pot with an auto-brew setting.  I’m grateful for an upcoming work thing that will allow me to make some exciting new connections.  I’m grateful for the weather being warm and the sunshine that allows me to wear my favorite cut off shorts again.

Can being grateful be fearless too?  What are three things you’re grateful for today?  Tell me in the comments!


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