[Official]: 30 Days of Facing Your Fears Challenge
Rules: Each day you must do one of the following (not all three) :
- Something you fear
- Something you’ve been putting off
- Something you’ve never done before
We’ll use this thread as a record for what you do each day. That will end up serving as a giant repository of options for other people looking for inspiration on what to do each day.
I started doing this 6 days ago and it’s been the most enlivening experiment I’ve ever tried.
Format: Day 1: Put out a call for HighExistence Interns
Of course feel free to share any thoughts about your experience that day
My last 7 days:
Day 1: Something illegal (that wasn’t the goal, I’m just not being specific haha)
Day 2: Interview on live radio
Day 3: 25C-NBOME (new and not well tested designer drug that allowed for insanely vivid past-life regression through eye gazing)
4) Pitched a guest post to TechCrunch.com (huge tech blog) about the futurism of 3-D printing
5) Finished that illegal activity
6) Datura (crazy psychedelic, do your research before touching this one)
7) Put out a request for HE interns
Fears could be anything: public speaking, being completely honest with someone about something, bungie jumping, having a vulnerable conversation, meditating for an exorbitant amount of time, forcing yourself to love people you’ve had trouble loving in the past, etc.
Thanks to @jpete011 for serendipitously posting about this
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Day 1: 30 second cold burst at the end of my shower.
This was tough! I’ve been waiting a while to do this because NZ isn’t exactly warm until the last month of so of summer, but i woke up last night itchy from the heat so i decided today was the day that i would start this challenge and the shower thing!! Hopefully by the end of the fears challenge i can tolerate a whole shower in the cold! I feel so energetic right now. This is definitely a morning i could get used to ;D
@siantastic They are fantastic! I feel myself getting stronger every day, and they make waking up a Lot easier. I’m starting to hit “snooze” less and less.
Day 4: Smoked weed, and had a really good trip. This is sort of a first. I tend to have some hidden anxiety, and it comes out when I smoke. I hate that because I know weed can be an awesome thing. I have a feeling my new habits of doing tibetan rites and meditation are letting me finally let go of some of that inner anxiety…leading to a better weed experience ;)
Day 5: Allowed myself to be “doted” on. This one may seem weird, but I can be pretty self deprecating so attention and tenderness make me uncomfortable. I want to learn to let go so I can LIVE fully and enjoy all moments, especially emotional ones.
@thomaschong, TIHKAL has this to say:
(with 20 mg, orally) “This substance proved to be quite unlike psilocin and bordered on the bizarre. There was a latency period of about three hours after ingestion before the onset was noted. Visual disturbances were minimal; no alteration in colors or objects occurred. The nature of this compound was characterized by the heightening of the intellectual process, but not to the extent seen with psilocin. The entire experience was more ‘stimulant-like’ rather than hallucinogenic. A very unpleasant ride. Have no desire to go deeper or, indeed, to look at the other cyclic analogs.”
which… mmm.. ??
@nisrom, Great, well I’ve only done one day so far but looking forward to feeling the benefits. I have a little anxiety too, so fingers crossed it will help.
Day 2: Tried Thai food for the first time.
Day 3: Did the 5 Tibetan rites.
I know mine are a little lame and I’m not challenging myself too much. For me this is definitely going to be more about trying and doing things I’ve never done before. So far I have already established that Thai is my new favourite kind of food!
Day 12: Admitting to Failure
This is kind of a catch-22. I didn’t do something for this challenge yesterday, causing me to admit that I failed. Normally I’m afraid of admitting I’ve failed, to the point of denial. So in a way I didn’t fail….hehe just kidding. I FAILED!!!! WOOHOOOOOO!!!!!
But today won’t hold any failure :)
@jordan, A wise man by the name of Michael Jordan once said, “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”
Today I finally manned up and asked my boss about doing a Remote Work Agreement (working remotely from anywhere with internet access). He sounds like he might consider it.
For those who are employed and you’d rather work from home or even travel the world while still maintaining your job/income, you should DEFINITELY check out these websites:
Thank me later!!
So I started on my 19th birthday this past saturday. I’ve always been afraid to defy my parents (which isn’t the worst thing) but I decided I wanted to have some fun and deal with the consequences later! So i threw a huge party in my house since they happened to be out of town the night of my birthday… It was the best night of my life! Yeah I’m grounded from my car for two weeks but it was totally worth it! I will not be doing it again, but it was such a strange, refreshing experience, and it opened me up to a lot of people, and allowed me to loosen up. Then on sunday, I decided to do a photo shoot as my family has always told me i should model. I go today to check out the photos! I’m excited at the turn my life has taken after the devastating end to my two year relationship…. Everything gets better in time when you have an open mind! Tomorrow I am going to get a midi and start recording my piano music… I’m so glad I started participating in this, even though i’ve already missed a couple days!
@ijesuschrist, When I ingested 120 mgs orally, I found that that period was more of a door to a bright hallway, with more of it taken, it amplified the unpleasing effects, but also brought on incredibly realistic, global encompassing hallucinations, sure the leadup and comedowns are pretty bad, but the peak is incredible. Compare half a hit of LSD to 6, think of it in that sort of respect, there’s no point in doing a small bit, but if you can find enough, a large dose is pretty incredible.
Yesterday I finally showed some people my website and got feedback on it.
Today I stopped delaying and asked to interview someone (from a long list of impressive people I’d love to interview).
@jordan, Joe Rogan is coming to my city in two weeks and I want to meet him (its on my bucket list)! How can I get this done??
He’s having a show but its pretty expensive to attend. Did you buy tickets when you saw him or just wait around for him after the show?
Day 2: Learnt to whistle with my fingers… Stupid, but i’ve been wanting to do this for so long. Been putting it off!
Day 3: Turned up to an event that i knew i wouldn’t know anyone… Definately pushed my comfort zone boundaries. I’m usually pretty confident if only i know one person in the room.
Day 6: Agreed to do something called the Big Sky Challenge during my upcoming snowboarding trip. I have to complete half of a list of 36 insane or fear-inducing “dares.” Haven’t decided which ones I’ll try to do yet…
Day 7: Yet another thing inspired by this website that I have been putting off… I decided to add meditation to my morning routine, after I complete the Tibetan Rites. It was….difficult. As soon as I get up in the morning I have a to-do list already running in my head. I constantly visualize what I want to happen or what I need to do during the day. I consider it a productive thing….but then it seriously interferes with my meditation. Maybe it will get better with practice, but I might consider switching my meditation time to the afternoon.
Day 14: Datura / Flying Ointment
@jpete011, We showed up w/ no tickets just knowing we were going to get it. Tried using our expensive cameras to get media passes, which didn’t work, but then we saw someone we knew outside scalping tickets who gave us some for free! After Joe waited at the merch table and talked with every single person who waited in line to see him. Super chill guy.
Alright, Day 1: I went indoor caving. I’m a little claustrophobic about certain things, so this was something I fear. Obviously it was man-made (at a rock-climbing gym), but it was EXTREMELY tight quarters in the pitch black dark. I had my first near psychological panic attack & started to turn back almost immediately…when my son in front of me told me to grab onto his foot and that it’d be okay because we’d be together (thank god for him!). After awhile I saw some light, and told him I was gonna go that way & bail out…and it ended up NOT being an exit! So I was stuck in there alone for awhile anyways. :)
Day 6: cut my own hair. It’s amazing what you can do by watching a YouTube video huh.
Day 7: took my camera out. Wanted to try my hand at photography for a while.
Still doing the Tibetan rites, and man they’re harder than they look. I do a fair bit of cardio but turns out my core muscles are WEAK. Took me a while to realise why I woke up with sore stomach muscles this morning. Feels good though, I know it’s working.