Day 20 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS': taking the path that I'd avoided

The below is from the original Facebook post from March 20th 2017:

Day 20 of '40 DAYS OF FACING FEARS': taking the path that I'd avoided

As I got caught up in work today, my initial plan to go to Karate did not happen. So, today's challenge was a little different but still genuinely a bit nerve-wracking.

Without realising it, because I had fallen down some of the stairs on the Orangi Kaupapa Road stairs last year, I'd basically avoided taking this route for almost a year. I avoided taking this route after the accident even though it cut out 10-15 minutes of my walk to work each way (which, if I'm running late to work in the morning because I wanted to read a book or write a little longer is actually really useful). These stairs are STEEP - and part of the walk is a solid 10 flights worth of stairs straight upwards (from memory there's approx. 208 stairs). And, after a long day at work this walk is not something that I look forward to doing (so I normally take the slightly less steep walk home that involves less stairs).

Challenge done! I'm hoping from the photos that you can appreciate how steep this is and that some people can understand why I'd choose not to do this every day after work.

  View from the top of the Orangi Kaupapa Road stairs

View from the top of the Orangi Kaupapa Road stairs

Tackling the stairs were never as bad as I imagined them to be in my mind. This has me thinking that me avoiding doing the more challenging, yet more efficient option is a metaphor for some things in life. Often the fear or the challenge that we imagine in our mind is greater than actually tackling the fear or challenge itself. Isn't this funny? From a neuroscientific point of view we're biologically driven to move away from fear rather than moving towards a rewards. So, biologically my brain was trying to protect me from potentially repeating a pain. Personally, I find this really interesting. Shall I get really philosophical? What would life be like if we did more of the things that we imagined would be [insert uncomfortable emotion here, e.g. pain]?

That's my two cents for tonight <3 xx