Culture 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

2
259 49
Telling Someone You Have Feeli... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Telling Someone You Have Feelings for Them

3
250 72
Becoming a Parent is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Becoming a Parent

4
211 54
Changing Your Career is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Changing Your Career

5
209 61
Quitting Your Job to Pursue Yo... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Quitting Your Job to Pursue Your Dreams

6
171 64
Starting Your Own Business is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Starting Your Own Business

7
153 55
Interviewing for a New Positio... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Interviewing for a New Position

8
151 54
Confronting a Friend About Des... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Confronting a Friend About Destructive Behavior

9
181 74
Getting Married is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Getting Married

10
176 71
Being Honest is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
TheWelshGuy added Being Honest

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179 73
Performing in Front of an Audi... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Performing in Front of an Audience

12
155 59
Starting a New Relationship is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Starting a New Relationship

13
175 81
Taking Care of Health Issues is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Taking Care of Health Issues

14
135 56
Breaking Up with Your Signific... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Breaking Up with Your Significant Other

15
138 59
Going Back to School as an Adu... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Going Back to School as an Adult

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156 76
Traveling by Yourself is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Traveling by Yourself

17
140 65
Moving to a New City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Moving to a New City

18
136 64
Calling Your Crush (Instead of... 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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134 67
Quitting Smoking is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Quitting Smoking

20
115 56
Moving Out of the Country is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Moving Out of the Country

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127 66
Asking for a Raise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Asking for a Raise

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122 75
Public Speaking is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Public Speaking

23
105 62
Coming Out of the Closet is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Coming Out of the Closet

24
95 54
Meeting Someone You've Bee... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Meeting Someone You've Been Estranged From

25
109 66
Dancing in Front of Others is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Dancing in Front of Others

26
97 74
Giving Up Drugs/Alcohol is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Giving Up Drugs/Alcohol

27
88 66
Sharing Creative Ideas/Working... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Sharing Creative Ideas/Working with Others

28
43 32
Being Totally Alone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Judz added Being Totally Alone

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71 71
Joining a New Club, Group, or ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Joining a New Club, Group, or Gym

30
69 73
Trying a New Physical Activity is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Trying a New Physical Activity

31
66 74
Practicing a Foreign Language ... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Practicing a Foreign Language in Public

32
35 41
Going to Court/ Legal Trouble is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
AmishNick added Going to Court/ Legal Trouble

33
16 22
Being Unemployed and After 5 Y... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Things That Scare You, But Are Worth It
Stefan.R10 added Being Unemployed and After 5 Years You Get a Good Job