My Fear of Stairs – Part Two

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Post written by Matthew Egan. Follow Matthew on Twitter.

In February of this year, I wrote a blog, “My Fear of Stairs” about my Air Force injury and how certain factors in my life were giving me a reason to climb the stairs, to even run up stairs, because what was at the top of the stairs was worth more than the pain that typically made me fear staircases.

I’ve talked about collecting labels before too, and it’s funny, I’ve almost been blogging here for a year now on this, and so much has changed!

I hardly think about stairs anymore, my knees still hurt, especially my right knee, but truly letting stairs get in my way keeps me from a lot of really important things.  The other day, a couple of friends and I found ourselves in the stairwell of a downtown office building, we were on a photo walk and wanted to take some pictures from the roof.

I had no choice but to climb stairs, especially to get where we were going, very few elevators go to the roof!

If I hadn’t, much like in the original blog, I’d have missed out on something great.  That is such a great example of so many things in life, that if we let it deter us, let it slow us down, we’re setting ourselves up to fail.

Did I ever become a runner like I tried to?  No.  The knee pain and lock ups did deter that one, but I have started hiking again, have gone on walks that stretched on for miles.  Can’t let the “what if” get the best of me, can’t let the label decide what I can and can’t do.

What if my knee gives out and I can’t walk, or I’m back using a cane?  Then you’re back using a cane, and not only can you make House MD jokes but you’ve got a great ice breaker! (literally? lol)

What if we run out of cash, what if this person doesn’t work out, what if we don’t get that deal, what if we make the wrong choices?  What if she says no?!  Then you fail, and someone might laugh at you, and you either go do it again, go fail again, until you succeed, or you give up and all of this was for nothing.

But you’re not going to give up, you’re going to keep shooting for what is at the top of those stairs, and you’re too stubborn to let a little annoyance like knee pain, like failure, like embarrassment stop you from getting where you’re going.  It’s hard, and you might think it’ll be too much, but you know, the sun will still rise tomorrow like it did today, and bring with it all new opportunities, for good and for bad.

What is waiting for you at the top of the stairs?  For me, it’s been love, it’s been business, it’s been fun, it’s been friends, it’s been a great many things.  I know sometimes I still choose not to take the stairs, but that’s life, deciding to be less once is not the same as being a failure.  The only way to fail is to give up trying.

What is waiting for you at the top of the stairs?
There’s only one way to find out!

Matthew Egan is the President of San Antonio SEO consulting group Image Freedom. When not dancing to the blues, Matthew helps web pages like yours get more traffic through content driven Search Engine Optimization.