Yes you read that right. Life lessons from Gatorland
7 years ago, my best friend Stacey and I nabbed the craziest job ever: To experience and blog/FB/Twitter about every attraction in Orlando Florida in 67 days. Over 120 attractions to be exact. Disney, Universal, swimming with Dolphins, skydiving, spas, Pirate themed dinner restaurants... you name it. And of ALLL of those 120 attractions, which one do I look back on with the most warm-fuzzy feelings?
(get ready for the life lessons)
1: DOING, IN SPITE OF FEAR = LIVING
I regret to tell you that my terror in that video was not a show… it was poop my pants terror. Yet somehow it's the day that I have the best memories of. By becoming potential alligator bait, I learned that doing something in SPITE of fear (not pretending it wasn't there) makes me feel... ALIVE! So often we avoid the things we're afraid of because we're certain they will kill us (and sometimes we're correct) but what if DOING the things we're afraid of GAVE us life? Hmmmmm.
2: AUTHENTICITY IS MAGIC
The Gatorland video got more attention than any of the hundreds of posts that we did. Why? My sneaking suspicion is because we weren't trying to be anything other than exactly what we were: TERRIFIED. People respond to that. We live in a society that tells us exposing who we truly are (not just the Instagram worthy stuff) is a nonstop express ticket to failure… But actually, it's the doorway to so much more. Everyone gets scared. Everyone gets sad. Everyone gets elated. Everyone gets d) all of the above +1,000,000 other things. Sharing authenticity is like a sigh of relief because we get to see our true selves in others. And we looooooove that.
3: SUPPORT IS VITAL
I don't know if I would have gotten into those gator gallows without my best friend by my side. But I DO know that having her by my side made it SO much easier and SO much more fun. Knowing she was in the pen with me made it 100X easier to face my fear of becoming gator kibble. I did more that day than I ever expected because I had a teammate rooting me on through the insanity.
NOW FOR THE TAKE AWAY
1) Where are you letting fear dictate your experience of being ALIVE?
2) Where are you holding back your AUTHENTICITY?
3 Where can you use SUPPORT in making something happen?
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