“To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance,” said Oscar Wilde, but how do you acquire self-worth when you kind of sort of hate yourself? I’ve always regarded the prospect of self-love as seriously lame. But not just lame: the very thought of focusing one’s affections onto oneself was a bit nauseating. My religion […]
Torre DeRoche is the author of two travel memoirs, Love with a Chance of Drowning (2013) and The Worrier’s Guide to the End of the World (due out September 2017). She has written for The Atlantic, The Guardian Travel, The Sydney Morning Herald, Emirates, and two Lonely Planet anthologies.
I’ve spent the last ten years experimenting with the boundaries of risk and fear, and this is my advice to women who want to walk alone.
“Don’t look down,” said the person behind me, and so, of course, I turned and shone my light downwards.
Who knew an animal the size of a loaf of bread could teach a person to overcome fear?
I’ve invited bloggers to tell me about their fearful adventures. It could be something epic, like circling the globe on a rusty unicycle, or something creative, like starting work on a novel. There are only two conditions: 1. It inspires you, 2. It scares you.
For sixteen months, my own personal doomsday has been slowly approaching. With the launch of my book, I knew I was going to have to face up to something I’m terrified of. I’m not talking about deep water or heights or snakes. I’m talking about something that has held me back from opportunities and shaped […]
Is yapping away on a mic to a bunch of chumps all that scary? Yes! So I’ve avoiding public speaking my whole life, but now I’m doomed…
Failure. The word alone makes your butt clench up with horror, doesn’t it? How many of your daily decisions revolve around avoiding failure? How many calls go unmade? How many big dreams …
Is it possible to learn to scuba dive when you have a shark phobia? In Koh Tao, Thailand, I take the plunge to find out.
Why should we face up to our fears? For as long as I can remember, I’ve been afraid of the ocean. Living with this fear isn’t much of a burden, unless…