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Doing it afraid!

Fear is crippling!

Literally!

…I am somewhat Averse to dogs.

Started when I was young.

The fear of what dogs are thinking.

You know .. like ..if my limbs look delicious to them.

I don’t remember why I thought that way.

The fear was further seared in at age 15.

A German shepherd bit my limb.

I didn’t run or aggravate her.

I was simply trying to get the attention of her owner so I could come in for the scheduled babysitting of her daughter.

The fear got worse…

It’s funny when you see me react when I see a dog… only I’m not laughing.

With a tremulous  dance  I cross over …allowing the oncoming she-dog or he-dog to have the right of way …

This dance went on intermittently for years.. 

2 decades later… 

I realized I am ONE of the rate-limiting steps in the equation of us having a family dog.

I realize I may need to get over this fear …

So …
I practiced not crossing over with oncoming dog-traffic.

Some days were better than others …

I even started saying hi .

Then I started petting from time to time.

“Even when I’m afraid I’ll trust You”-it’s one of my favorite bible verses 

A reminder that I can do it afraid…

That I actually don’t need to be comfortable to take on a challenge …

The other day, I let one kiss me!

Here’s to you, us… doing it in-spite of the fear. 

Stepping OUTSIDE our comfort zones so the better, trusting and more relaxed side of us emerges.

Like my mama used to say, those who are doing it (or insert challenge) don’t have two heads!

Dr O

Author
Tolulope Olabintan MA FAAFP AAHIVS Dr. Olabintan is the Founder and Medical Director of Livingspring Family Medical Center. She is a Christian, Family Physician, writer, mentor, mother and wife. She takes joy in empowering her patients and readers to live their fullest lives possible.

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