The Fear/Fun zone

I've been in a fear-facing sweet spot this week.  I like to call it the Fear/Fun zone.  You know, that place where you feel a little anxiety about a new task but mostly you are really excited about it.  It's usually one of those things that you know you can do, and do well, but you've just been putting it off, or procrastinating for one reason or another.

My fear facing task this week was to learn SketchUp.  SketchUp is a 3-D modeling program for architects and designers.  I've used it a bit in the past, but I have never taken the time to sit down and really learn it, so that I could use it for projects.  But this week, I finally bit the bullet and made time for it. 

I have to admit, though that this was due to outside influences making it worth my while to do so.  Sometimes, it takes an outside force to make us finally take the necessary steps to face our fears, to take on tasks that we've been avoiding, to do that thing that is a hassle but we know will be worthwhile in the long run.  And I think that's ok.  We can't do it all alone.  That's why the universe acts on our behalf when we need a little kick in the pants. 

That's how it is going with my SketchUp training.  Don't get me wrong, this task has not been easy.  It's been extremely frustrating at times, and more than once, I considered abandoning the whole thing.  But I had a deadline and someone depending on me, so I pressed on.  I just finished reading The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and one of the things that she learns in her year long quest for happiness is that sometimes, the things that contribute the  most to our long-term happiness don't really make us happy while we're doing them.  So it is with facing our fears:  not so fun while we're in the midst of the struggle, but we feel pretty darn good after the battle is over and we can look back over our accomplishments.

Here is a view of what I've done so far.  There is still a lot of work to be done and other aspects of the program to be learned, but I feel like this is a pretty good start for one day's work!

Till next time,


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