Recently I posted on Facebook "Who wants to do a 5K run with me in the fall?" and the thread quickly filled with comments. Half the replies were "I'm in!" and the other half were from people with questions. When? Where? How much training? Perhaps, Only if, Depends…and it made me wonder if there are those who naturally jump in and work out the details later, and others who usually need the details and to assess what they think they're capable of before they decide. Often the fear of commitment is a fear of the unknown, of possible discomfort, of anxiety over our ability to see it through with aplomb, of having enough hours in the day to do the things we have to let alone the things we want to. I know that for most of my life I said no to countless experiences because it seemed too much of a stretch for me to try.
But ever since I started doing #SomeNerve Challenges I've realized the value of committing first and making the details work after. If I had known everything that would be involved in training for the 42-mile TD Five Boro Bike Tour I never would have done it. And yet, when I did all the training and made all the childcare arrangements and got up early to get to the startline and waited hours for the ferry going home, the reality was not an insurmountable burden. There wasn't a single part of it that was easy, but it was all worth it.