There was a time when I could say that my biggest fear was public speaking. Accepting a position which requires you to train others enables you to get over that fear. So, that’s what I did. When I started, my palms would be sweaty and whoa! did I ever get a dry mouth. So silly considering that I was the “expert” and knew what I was talking about.
After a lot of practice – and great feedback from the attendees – I got over my fear and improved my public speaking skills. I suppose when you know the subject matter like the back of your hand, it is easy to improve.
Your focus changes when you become a parent. What’s important, what to worry about, what to be fearful of. Everything changes.
Now that I am a parent, my biggest fear is losing my son. I try not to think about it, but sometimes the thought creeps into my head. Particularly after reading about parents who are now childless. I don’t know how you would recover from something so devastating. I am nearly paralyzed with fear thinking about it.
We do so much to protect our children. We teach them to look both ways before crossing the street. We buckle them into safety seats as if they were NASCAR drivers. We cut their food into small pieces to avoid choking. But some things, we cannot protect them from. Things like disease, tragic accidents, and heinous crimes.
How awful it must be to walk into your child’s room and know they’ll never play with their favorite toys or read their favorite books again. What do you do with all of the keepsakes you’ve been saving for when they get older? I wonder how childless parents find the strength to go on.
I’m not sure that I could.
Please be sure to join me at the 31 Day Blog Challenge – March Edition hosted by Fabulous Finds by Tiffany. Be sure to swing by her page and read her post and all the others that have joined in the fun! You can catch up on my other posts by clicking on the links below. I’ve missed a few, I know. Hoping to catch up soon!:
Day 1 – 5 Things You May Not Know About Me – and a self portrait!
Day 2 – My Favorite Quotes
Day 3 – Things that make me happy
Day 4 – Favorite Childhood Memory
Day 5 – Movies to watch more than once
Day 6 – Sharing my Random Act of Kindness and a surprise giveaway!
Day 7 – My dream job
Day 8 – I shared three of my pet peeves
Day 9 – I’ve added a few things to my bucket list
Day 10 – What is your daily routine? – Sadly, I haven’t written this post yet. I will catch up!
Day 11 – The Last Book I Read – I read a lot of books; many are shared here, too!
Day 12 – Some things that I miss
Day 13 – Regret
Day 14 – What’s on my iPod
Day 15 – 10 Things that make me awesome
Day 16 – Motherhood, My Biggest Accomplishment
Day 17 – Why and when did I start blogging
Day 18 – Where are you happiest
Day 19 – 5 Blogs I read regularly
Day 20 – Things I collect