A large portion of Project Lumina trips are centered on the concept of feeling uncomfortable, or scared. On returning to Nicaragua for this planning trip, I have felt this uncomfortability in large bouts, and by surprise- as I thought my second time here would be a breeze.
This assumption of invincibility and perfection is all too common for human beings. Much of being uncomfortable, is the feeling itself, and then the natural stubbornness and frustration that comes from actually not being invincible.
I found myself feeling uncomfortable and scared of the simplest things- like bugs and rusted silverware, and then of the less simple things, like huge waves from the swell, and language barriers.
They consumed me during the first few days of the trip, and then I came to a revelation that all Luministas must come to when encountering uncomfortability.
Uncomfortability, perfection, and invincibility have one thing in common- they hold you back.
They allow the true nature and strength of humility to be tainted. Humility is more human than perfection and invincibility, and it is one of the most important parts of overcoming fear, and a tainted perspective.
Yesterday, after two days of trying to surf only the white wash following a scary trip to Playa Popoyo, I decided to let go of this uncomfortability and paddle out to catch the unusually large swell waves- because really, when will I ever have the chance to surf THESE waves on THIS water again? Never, so move out of my way uncomfortability, because I have awesome amazing things to do, and awesome amazing people to meet.
A statement that I hope every future Luminista can speak, and one that every past Luminista has spoken.
Uncomfortability, perfection, and invincibility are some of the themes in Project Lumina's 6 Ways, and our new daily discussion plans.
Way #2: Do It Scared
- Zoya Sarow, Project Lumina 12'