A good story about fear–well, it’s kind of vain–is about when I was 21. I conquered a lot of fears by going to school in London. I was going to UW-Parkside and found a study abroad program through UW-Platteville. I really had no monetary understanding or issues; I just didn’t care. I just knew I was going to do this.
But I was scared shitless. For one, I didn’t know anyone in the program because I was at a different school. I just wanted to get out and do stuff–and I knew I’d have to conquer any fears. When I was there, I had to figure out the Underground by myself–I did that. And one time I figured out how to see four plays in one day! LENNON, 42ND STREET, GIGI, and LES MIS–seriously, the opening night of LES MIS in London!
When I came back from London, however, all the normal fears came back, especially since I didn’t feel, from London, like I had to make any real decisions. But of course I did.
I want this kind of experience for my daughters. I want them to experience a different culture and conquer their fears–at least temporarily.