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Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It  

Lauren Slocum
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List Rules Things on this list should be universal parts of the human condition that we can all relate to

All spiders and snakes aside, think about the things that scare you the most: Public speaking? Standing up for yourself? Just because they don't have eight legs and thousands of eyeballs doesn't mean intangible fears aren't a real thing; sometimes, it's the fears you can't see or touch that are the hardest to overcome. But life begins outside of your comfort zone, and once you learn to stand up to your psychological apprehensions, a whole new world of a**kicking opportunity will present itself to you.

In order to grow and mature as a person, you have to do what scares you. How many life lessons did you learn sitting on the couch watching Grey's Anatomy? How many crushes did you woo by sending a string of awkward and questionable emojis? Most of the items on this list are everyday things that scare you.

For one reason or another, the situations on this list give most people a serious case of the butterflies. Let's be honest... when was the last time you missed out on something or someone amazing because you were too scared or too intimidated by the situation? If you've been working towards stepping out of your comfort zone, review this list of scenarios that scare other people, too.

Remember that you're not alone. Other people get freaked out by trying new things, too! But every time you psyche yourself out of doing something, you're missing out on an opportunity that could have drastically changed your life. So read through this list of things that scare you, and remember that all of them are definitely worth it! Vote up the scariest, most worth-it items, and add any other situations that are guilty of giving you the hypothetical heebie-jeebies.
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Standing Up for Yourself... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Standing Up for Yourself
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Telling Someone You Have... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Telling Someone You Have Feelings for Them
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Changing Your Career is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Changing Your Career
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Quitting Your Job to Pur... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Quitting Your Job to Pursue Your Dreams
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Becoming a Parent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Becoming a Parent
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Confronting a Friend Abo... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Confronting a Friend About Destructive Behavior
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Interviewing for a New P... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Interviewing for a New Position
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Starting Your Own Busine... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Starting Your Own Business
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Starting a New Relations... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Starting a New Relationship
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Performing in Front of a... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Performing in Front of an Audience
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Being Honest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
TheWelshGuy added Being Honest
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Getting Married is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Getting Married
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Taking Care of Health Is... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Taking Care of Health Issues
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Going Back to School as ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Going Back to School as an Adult
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Breaking Up with Your Si... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Breaking Up with Your Significant Other
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Moving to a New City is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Moving to a New City
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Traveling by Yourself is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Traveling by Yourself
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Calling Your Crush (Inst... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Calling Your Crush (Instead of Texting Them)
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Moving Out of the Countr... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Moving Out of the Country
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Asking for a Raise is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Asking for a Raise
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Quitting Smoking is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Quitting Smoking
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Public Speaking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Public Speaking
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Meeting Someone You've B... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Meeting Someone You've Been Estranged From
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Dancing in Front of Othe... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Dancing in Front of Others
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Coming Out of the Closet... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Coming Out of the Closet