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Sometimes the most uncomfortable situations are the ones that we learn and grow from the most.
It’s when we venture out of our comfort zones that we are often forced to learn new skills. And when we push through our fears we usually come out stronger on the other end.
I was reminded of this when I agreed to do a video interview with Dr. Misty Funk about my book, Uppward: A Self-Care System for Purposeful Living (Amazon Associate Link). (Click here to listen to the interview on YouTube.)
Dr. Funk, a chiropractor who recently embarked on a two-year sabbatical, is more than just a book-lover. She is what you might call a “seeker,” and I was honored that she invited me to be a part of this project.
This type of interview was a “first” for me. I’m not used to being on camera–not by a long stretch. Even so, I was a little surprised at how critical I was of myself as I watched back the recording. I couldn’t help myself. I cringed at some of my facial expressions. I was embarrassed that I stumbled over my words at times. And I wished the sound quality was better (even though I did spend quite a bit of time adjusting my microphone settings beforehand).
But the worst part was, toward the end of the interview I totally plugged the wrong website! My own website! Instead of saying “LivingUpp.com,” I said “Uppward.com.” True, I could probably use the excuse that it’s the title of my book and it was simply stuck in my head. But still. Really?!?!
Thankfully technology made it possible to make a few edits, but I still can’t believe I did it.
All things considered, though, I was pretty proud of myself for getting through the interview–for speaking candidly about the influences and beliefs that prompted me to write the book. For speaking my inner truth and expressing myself authentically.
Over the past few years, I’ve learned to accept and embrace my imperfections. (If I’m being honest, I’m still learning this actually.) I’ve learned to laugh at myself in order to keep moving forward–even after some of the silliest blunders. After all, what more can we really do?
Leaning into discomfort isn’t necessarily easy, but it certainly reminds us that we’re alive.
How alive are you?