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“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

Comfort zones are warm and cozy, but I know I need to push myself out of them. After years of considering an intensive digital media course at my university, I finally enrolled. As of today, I’ve made it through day seven of a course that packs a semester’s worth of instruction and assignments into eight days.

In this course, I’ve learned how to use sound and video editing software, how to create a Google map, how to make Infographics, and how to write html code among other skills. As someone who has never even downloaded a song from iTunes since my tech-savvy guys do so for me, I questioned whether I could get through the class.

To further fulfill Eleanor Roosevelt’s advice of doing one thing a day that scares you, I decided to make my final project about something pretty private—and somewhat embarrassing at times: my digestive disease and related chronic illnesses:

Tomorrow, I’ll turn in the video I made for the class showcase. And I’m a bit scared, but perhaps that’s a good thing. Though I recently turned 50 years old, I don’t yet feel fully formed. Doing what scares me will help me grow.

Sunday Journal Prompt

What are you scared to try? When can you do it?


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