One of the things I do each day that scares the crap out of me is put myself out there on the internet – posting on Instagram, publishing blog posts, creating YouTube videos and even posting/responding to different threads in the various Facebook Groups I belong to.
What’s so scary about putting myself out there is my fear of being judged. My fear of writing something people will not like or not agree with. My fear of trolls and rude comments. These are all silly fears because honestly, I shouldn’t let fear hold me back from sharing my experiences and opinions. I also shouldn’t care what other people think about me. To each his own. Not everyone will always like what I do and agree with what I say and that’s okay.
Recently, I’ve received some negative feedback about my thru-hike along the PCT. I was called a “fraud” for not walking all 2,652 miles. Some might argue I didn’t earn a PCT competition medal because I only hiked 1,873 miles of the trail. The thing is, I’ve never claimed to have hiked all 2,652 miles. I completed my hike, my way. I’ve always been honest and transparent with exactly how many miles I did hike, along with the sections I skipped and why. No one would’ve ever known how many miles I did or did not hike along the PCT had I not kept track and posted it online.
Even writing and posting this is scary, which is why I’m doing it. I mean, what if this post creates more negative feedback? If I had to pick one lesson I learned from hiking the PCT, it was to face fear in the face and work through it until it was something I was no longer scared of.
You guys, I refuse to live my life in fear. Love me. Hate me. Support me. Judge me. I’m just here to share my experiences, both on and off trail and hope to inspire others to live the best version of themselves, whatever their passion may be.
So let’s open up the discussion. What are you afraid of? What’s holding you back from doing the scary things? What’s the one scary thing you’re going to do today? Tell me in the comments below.