“Courage is knowing what not to fear”Plato
For example, a grizzly bear standing directly in front of you in the middle of the trail you are hiking is definitely something to fear.
But, taking a trip in your van or rv isn’t.
Look, if you want to do something new in your life like travel full-time in your RV then just Do It.
There’s no getting around the fact that for most people fear is constantly present in their lives and keeps them stranded.
I have no fear of traveling. Not even a little bit. And, I’ve traveled all over the world in many countries where I didn’t even speak the language. Whoo! Hoo! that was fun.
But, I have experienced fear when I learned other things. Last winter when I learned how to cross country ski I was scared. Scared of falling. Worried people would laugh at me. Nervous that I would get hurt.
And, you know what happened?
I fell. A LOT.
People laughed. And you know why?
Because I was funny. I was stiff. I was clumsy. I fell down so many times I lost count.
But, you know what?
I had a blast. I had fun. And, I’m doing it again this winter.
And, I’m a better skier this year. Because of last year’s experience.
So get off Your Butt
and start conquering your fears.
You can gain confidence to get past your fears with each new experience. So, do something new that is safe… but that makes you nervous or scared.
See how much better you feel after successfully completing this one new task.
Each time you do something you are unsure about but, you do it successfully you become more sure of yourself.
Read more in my post, Comfort vs. Courage
Do More to fear Less
Sitting, moping, wrapped up in your head is the absolute worst thing you can do for yourself. Just getting up to do the dishes is better than sitting and worrying.
Don’t be like the people who want to live a different life than the one they are living. Instead of living their dreams they are living quiet lives of desperation.
Don’t be like these people. Get up and go and don’t look back.
Steps to Just Do It
For example, we sold our Puma Palomino fifth-wheel because we want a smaller RV or a van.
And, we’ve never used solar of any off-grid techniques or products.
So, while we are converting a cargo trailer to use as our Living Quarters we are testing out products we may want to use on the road.
This is one way to take the fear out of something.
- Practice the skill before you really need to use it
- Do it in familiar territory
- Find someone who has this skill and learn from them
We are trying out solar cookers, usb gadgets, heaters, solar and solar generators before we hit the road. So, when we finally head out again we know what we have will work for us.
Education Conquers Fear
If you’re nervous about some topic then take a class or ask someone who is skilled to teach you.
- take a self-defense course if you are scared for your personal safety. Read more here.
- learn basic mechanics if you’re afraid of breaking down
- Have someone teach you how to change a tire so you don’t have to ask for help
- learn to use a GPS if you’re afraid of getting lost
- Attend an RV get-together and learn from experienced RVers
- Go to the RTR, Rubber Tramp Rendezvous, in January. It is one great big learning event.
- Take a driving course if you are unsure about driving an RV or towing an RV
But, whatever you do – Do Something.