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Do one thing every day that scares you.

That quote is attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt. I haven’t the slightest idea if she really said it, but it sounds like something she would believe. She was a trailblazer in many ways and rather fierce.

I don’t have a problem finding things that scare me. Lots of things do. I wonder if I should admit that, being a dewy blossom in the Garden of Life. However, it’s the absolute truth. Sometimes, I’d rather hide in my house than go out into the world. After all, my car is five years old and just hit 3000 miles. That shows you how much I leave my house, doesn’t it?

I’m in the throes of challenging myself, however. Maybe being on social media is part of it. Certainly planning on being on YouTube is a component. Talk about scary. But I sincerely think that pushing yourself is a good thing.

A few years ago I read about how to create new neural pathways in the brain. Up until recently scientists thought that you couldn’t develop new growth in an older brain, but now they know you can. The way you do it? Do something different. Walk into a room blindfolded. Walk backwards. Take a new route somewhere. Change a habit. Something small will do it, but do it often.

While you’re at it, do something that scares you.