Whenever I Feel Afraid...

Picture this:  a young girl sits at her desk, her forehead creased in concentration.  She has every ounce of her energy focused on a single piece of paper.  Her hands are fidgeting, her knee is bouncing up and down, and her breath is less steady than usual.
I just described myself as I will most likely look tomorrow morning.  Tomorrow is my first day of sophomore year, and that piece of paper in my hand is my schedule--which, I pray, is accurate.
Perhaps it's the perfectionist in me, but when I'm not precisely sure about the outcome of things, I tend to get nervous.  As you can imagine, I'm nervous quite a lot.
Prep For A Day

We're all nervous quite a lot.  We all tend to be afraid of the unknown, and a new school year is a perfect example of an unknown territory.  How do we fight the fear?  How do we ignore it?  I could tell you in my own words, but I have a few song lyrics that sum it up far better than I ever could:
"Whenever I feel afraid, I hold my head erect, and whistle a happy tune so no one will suspect I'm afraid.  While shivering in my shoes, I strike a careless pose, and whistle a happy tune so no one ever knows I'm afraid.  The result of this deception is very strange to tell, for when I fool the people I fear, I fool myself as well."
It can strike you as a little silly at first, but it works!  You don't have to stroll in the building whistling, but you can stroll in with your head held high;  before you know it, you'll have even convinced yourself that you aren't the least bit nervous or anxious. A calm, confident person is more likely to have a better outlook than a nervous wreck--and your outlook defines your entire year.

Trust me on this:  "You may be as brave as you make believe you are."

Love,

9 comments:

  1. I am definitely getting nervous with the first day of school coming fast too! Both of those quotes are great reminders to be strong and brave!!:)
    xo, Syd
    www.sincerelysyd9.blogspot.com

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    1. I hope you have a great first day; keep those quotes in mind!

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  2. This post is PERFECT!!! You will be totally fine tomorrow and, I hope your schedule is correct. :) Hopefully this little mind trick works....I will have plenty of opportunities soon to test it out. I'll report back on my results LOL.

    Choose to make today great!
    xo- Jessica

    polishedandpumped.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Jessica! I hope all goes well with you, too!

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  3. I love this post, Tori! I remember during the driving portion of my driver's ed class being SO scared to drive on the highway and trying to keep a straight face while pulling onto it. A straight face to hide the freak out inside! Best of luck tomorrow!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, Katie! I've yet to face Driver's Ed, but I'm sure it can be pretty intimidating. Kudos to you for being able to keep a straight face!

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    2. Katie,
      Way to go on being brave during that scary moment! The practical portion is a real-life, big-deal sort of moment.

      Choose to make today great!
      -Jessica

      polishedandpumped.blogspot.com

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  4. Hey Tori
    Love your new "pin it" buttons...very cute!-Katelyn, The Yellow Spectacles

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