Do you ever feel like this is what you’re doing ALL the time? I do, and I’m afraid of heights.
Do you balance a hundred things at a time and walk carefully to avoid falling on your face? How do you face your fears?
This is Nick Wallenda, who successfully walked on a two-inch wide tightrope 1800 feet across Niagara Falls Friday night. I could throw up just thinking about it. He already has plans to do the same over the Grand Canyon.
I doubt that Mr. Wallenda is afraid of heights since he’s been doing stunts such as this all his life. He was born into The Flying Wallendas.
Yesterday, I was talking to a young man who routinely plays ball in front of 80,000 fans as well as a huge television audience. I asked him how he handles the pressure. He said that it’s no different than what I do: writing books or playing an instrument before a concert crowd.
Maybe it’s really more about what we’re afraid of. I hyperventilate thinking about tightrope walking or playing sports in front of crowds of people. He thinks writing or performing in an orchestra is scary, but he’s at home with anything athletic. Before I started writing, the very idea was paralyzing. Now, I don’t think about it. Concerts still frighten me, but I do them anyway, because I love it once the music starts. He doesn’t think about being injured; he just enjoys playing.
Maybe as long as we’re engaged in something that we love doing, we don’t worry about the fear. What do you fear? What do you enjoy? Have you ever given up something you love because of fear?