Today I channeled Gabrielle's courage and challenged myself to overcome a recent fear - parallel parking. Let me give you some backstory. I work part-time in the afternoons. At work we park in a long line down the side of the school driveway. Typically when I arrive, there are a few empty spaces interspersed in the line, but I'm always too nervous to parallel park. I know how to parallel park, but I don't do it very often, so when I do, it takes many tries. And with each successive try, I find myself becoming more and more self conscious. I'm certain that everyone is looking at me and thinking how ridiculous I am for not being able to do this easily.
And so each day at work, I walk extra far just to avoid the ridicule. But as Gabby points out in many of her posts, this ridicule is only in my head. I have never actually been condemned for my multiple tries. In fact, no one has ever said anything to me about it. And even if someone did say something to me, my logical self is quite certain that it would be a light-hearted interaction and not an accusation.
So today I set about to calm the voices in my head and parallel park. It took 4 tries, but I did it. It was terrifying, but I kept reminding myself that no one else cared about what was going on, or likely was even seeing it!