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The Warrior and the Worrier

Warrior. Worrier.

These two words are so similar-but obviously couldn't be more different in meaning. In fact, that the only thing that distinguishes them from one another is a little "a" and "e"....howboutdat.

I've wasted so much time in my life worrying about what others think versus what I think. I've played out "worst case scenarios" in my mind over and over. I've been terrified to make big life decisions, fearing I'll "mess up." Worrying, as we all know, gets us nowhere fast. But it still is difficult for me to practice the art of "not worrying". My husband is very good in this area. He's more of the warrior. He takes risks. He lives freely. He doesn't worry about the things that he knows he can't control.

Worrying shackles you. It keeps you from enjoying life. As I get older, my goal is to continue to practice the art of "not worrying" and instead embrace the courage and moxie it takes to be a warrior. And good news, just like it doesn't take much to change the word "worrier" to "warrior", likewise can be said about transitioning from a worrier to a warrior. And no, warrior doesn't necessarily mean overhaul your life and become a Spartan. In my life, it means being more confident. It means being myself. It means wearing grey leggings to a workout and not caring whether or not my nether-region gets sweaty in class because they are the most comfortable leggings in the world and I will not be embarrassed of butt sweat (ladies, you know EXACTLY what I'm talking about).

The point is, realize that we're all human, cut from the same cloth, and that a little bravery will go a long way in your life. Don't let your fears keep you from experiencing the good stuff.

-Lee Ann

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