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Welcome to The Daily Quote, a podcast designed to kickstart your day in a positive way. I’m your host, Andrew McGivern, and today is May 28th.

On this day, we celebrate National Sunscreen Day – a reminder to take preventative measures to protect our wellbeing, just as sunscreen safeguards us from harmful UV rays. But what if we applied that same proactive mindset to pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones?

Speaking of embracing what scares us, let’s connect that to today’s quote from Mary Schmich’s famous 1997 essay for the Chicago Tribune titled “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young.”

In it, she writes:

“Do one thing every day that scares you. The race is long and, in the end, it’s only with yourself.”

Schmich’s advice is a powerful call to continually challenge ourselves, to not let fear and comfort hold us back from growth and self-discovery.

For in the long race of life, the only competitor we must truly outrun is our own self-imposed limitations.As you go about your day today, I invite you to approach it with the same courage and daring as one intentionally doing something that scares them.

Take a few moments to identify what makes you uncomfortable, what stretches you, and lean into that fear.Perhaps today is the day you finally take that first step towards a dream that has felt too daunting to pursue. Face that fear head-on, with the same proactive spirit as applying sunscreen before venturing out.

Or maybe you’ll simply approach your daily routines and interactions with a bolder mindset, seeking out small ways to push your boundaries and expand your comfort zone, one courageous act at a time.So why not make a conscious effort to scare yourself today, in the best way possible? Let the simple act of applying sunscreen be a reminder to also protect and fortify your spirit for adventures that make your heart race.

For as Schmich wisely advises, it’s only by constantly outrunning our own fears that we truly win the long race of life.

Thanks for joining me on The Daily Quote. I hope this encourages you to proactively seek out what scares you, knowing that facing those fears head-on is the path to continual growth and self-discovery. Have a wonderful day, and remember, the greatest adventures await outside your comfort zone.


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