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Good-Scary

The way I figure it there are two kinds of scary:

bad scary and good scary.
 
Bad scary is the way you feel when you are in danger.  This is a special feeling designed to warn you that you are in a bad place and you need to get out of there quickly.
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Good scary is the way you feel when you are taking a leap into the unknown.  It is not always a bad thing.  You might have this feeling when you are changing careers or leaving home or, if you are a writer, talking to a publishing company.  Good scary carries both fear and sometimes a little thrill.  Often we find that it accompanies a fork-in-the-road decision.
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I had two "good scaries" today.  Heart-pounding, adrenaline-surging, I-hope-I'm-making-the-right-decision-and-I-think-I-am kind of scaries. 
 
Yeah.
 
I feel like I researched my decisions.  They may leave me breathless, but I am as confident as a 3rd time parachuter (I survived the last two times, right?). 
 
All of us face these types of decisions.  And if you, like me, have decided to step forward into the unknown, I guess the only thing left to say is:
 

 
One, two, three...
 

 
JUMP!
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