If Indiana Jones was a woman he would be Elin Larsson. She spent four years flying passengers and all sort of cargo to remote villages in Indonesia.
Would you strap yourself onto a 200 ton rocket and 3 million liter of fuel? Voluntarily that is. The thought alone would probably scare the shits out of most people. Jessica Meier on the other hand can’t wait for her name to show up on the list. Soon she will be on her way to the International Space Station.
Women have been travelling and exploring the world alone for generations. Alexandra David-Néel walked into Tibet in 1924 disguised as a man. Freya Stark trekked into Iran in the 1930s and in 1963 Dervla Murphy rode her bike from Ireland to India. Brave women can be found everywhere in history.
Like Leyla Giray Alyanak, who has been traveling solo for the last 50 years and visited more than 80 countries. She has been lost in the amazon jungle; was shot at in Beirut and found herself stranded in a minefield in Mozambique.
Birds have wings. This is so they can fly. Fish have gills. This is so they can breathe under water. I put a harness on and strap myself to a complete stranger. This is so I can step out from an airplane 4 kilometers above ground, hoping that he will get me down safely.
Something in this way of argument is not completely logic. Parachuting is crossing a major comfort zone…
All Anna Olsen wants is going to space. And just like a story of the Danish writer H.C. Andersen this might very well turn into a wonderful fairytale – with one big exception: Anna the Astronaut’s story might actually come true. This young girl who is determined enough to turn down an invitation to MIT has the potential to become the very first Dane in space.
You probably already heard that growth begins where your comfort zone ends. To visit the outer rims of your comfort zone and even crossing over some times is where your courage grows. Building courage can be done in a small scale approach.
Howling in the street!
In my mission in bringing more courage to the world one blog post at a time I performed the howling challenge. This is from the list created by Till Gross that you can find on his blog comfortzonecrusher.com
Behaving silly in public might seem – well silly and maybe even pointless to some. But honestly – most of the funny things in life are just that: Silly but they are definitely not pointless. The goal is to have more fun in life and build courage.
Has doing all these challenges helped me in my life: You bet it has! Not only do I feel much braver I am also less worried about making mistakes. And I think that is a winning recipe for creating great things in life.