What Are You Uncomfortable Doing?

For me, it’s singing.  I love music. I think singer/songwriters are some of the most creative people ever.  But when I’m in a group singing “happy birthday to you”, I’m most likely mouthing the words. 
 
I had been seeing Matthew for over 3 years before I ever let him hear me sing.  It was a planned event on my part.  We were in the van, on the way to an art show.  I put in an Indigo Girls CD and let out my first tentative notes.  He DARED to turn down the music. “Noooooooo….I need them.”  It’s taken a while, but I  sing around him now.  I can laugh “with” him at my tone deaf, but enthusiastic attempts at accompaniment.
I’m bringing this up, because of a conversation we had at the studio yesterday.  Stevie, I learned does not like to dance.  It’s not that he will not do it, it’s just that he finds it hard to not be self-conscious and because of it, he doesn’t enjoy it.  Plus he says “I’m very bad.  Not bad as in good but bad as in awful.” 

Donne I find out, would rather get a root canal than do any kind of public speaking (and yet, I know for a fact, when forced to talk she’s amazingly funny, and a crowd pleaser). 

Not surprisingly, Stevie and I both had experiences at an impresionable ages that cemented our discomforts into place. 
 

For me it was elementary school chorus.  I tried out, and was told I wasn’t good enough.  I practiced and tried out the following year.  On the second attempt, I was not only told that I wasn’t good enough, but also asked to just mouth the words in class.  If that wasn’t bad enough already, she did this infront of little Ricky Taylor, the boy I had a huge crush on.  And Wendy Marks, the biggest bully of the whole 4th grade.  Oooo…If I only had backbone then, I would have belted out a song at the top of my lungs in that mean woman’s music class.  
 

I’m curious, what do you find uncomfortable doing?  Is there a story as to why?  Have you gotten over it? Do you still wish you could get over it, or are things fine just the way they are?

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One response to “What Are You Uncomfortable Doing?

  1. Im extremely uncomfortable going to a place I’ve never been to before…. ALONE.
    The bigger and more far away the place is, the worse the fear. I have always remedied this by only going to unfamiliar places with a friend. But cant always drag someone with me…. So yes, this fear gets in the way.
    Jeff, my husband, travels for a living. He is always going to interesting places and invites me to come along. Problem is he is working on these trips, if I want to do any site seeing Im on my own.
    Needless to say I’ve missed out on seeing a lot of cool places… its quite pathetic.

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