There are a ton of obstacles –both real and imaginary – keeping people from doing things outside. Whether it's phyisical ability or emotional fear, the actual act of starting something is often the hardest.
Shortly after moving to Colorado and acquiring a season-long ski pass (with no idea how to actually ski), I kept avoiding going to the ski shop to pick up rental skis. I'd think, I don't know what I'm doing , I don’t belong here. I actually drove 15 miles to the recommended ski shop, walked in as it was buzzing with excited families trying on boots and pro looking dudes getting fitted, glanced around, and walked out. I just couldn't work up the nerve to go to the counter and say I have no idea what I’m doing and need help.
Overcoming fear is the absolute most important thing in the outdoors and, for me, it's the thing that sticks with me long after I leave a trail or ski run. I could spend all day thinking about a cliff, or the possibility of running into a snake, or successfully getting off a ski lift. Or I could just get out there and hope for the best.
And when you do actually make the leap, it becomes so much more meaningful with fear defeated by saying, WTF, I’m going to do this. And doing it.
It is not easy. It requires a daily reminder. Sometimes you try something and it really doesn’t work out. But it will always be better to try and fail then to never try at all.