This blog is about anxiety.

This blog is about panic.

This blog is about fear.

But sometimes, we manage to overcome the anxiety, panic, and fear. Sometimes, we surprise ourselves.

Personal case in point: recently, I took a two-mile walk with my fiance that would have been nearly impossible a few short months ago. (Not because of the weather, but because of agoraphobia.)

I’ll be clear: I loved that two-mile walk. It was warm. The sun was shining. About a million people were out walking their dogs or cleaning up their yards. We saw a bunch of teenagers playing soccer in the street. I saw flocks of robins. I saw a blooming crocus.

Although I’d been feeling apprehensive when we left our apartment, everything went better than expected.

It happens. Even when we think it won’t.

Things do turn out okay sometimes.

That’s one of the reasons that this video makes me so happy. This 4th-grade girl is learning how to ski jump — or, well, wanting to learn how to ski jump, as this is her very first time — and you can feel her nerves in this video. Listen to the trepidation in her voice and the language she uses to gear herself up. And listen to her breathing:

Her fear turns to elation. Everything, indeed, went better than expected. In her words, yeaaaah! Wooooooo!

It does happen, and I hope it happens for you soon. I’m wishing you all a wonderful weekend.