Do It Scared: A Biohacking Tip for Future Superhumans
I am on a mission to become the superhuman version of myself through diet and biohacking, but I have been neglecting my body’s physical fitness and capabilities. There are a lot of physical goals that I would like to achieve, which include becoming flexible enough to do the splits and put my leg behind my head, doing pull ups without assistance, building muscle, and becoming strong enough to pole dance (or pole gymnastics as it should rather be called).
We all have different biohacking goals that we believe will help us feel like superhumans.
My husband wanted to go cycling today, and for the first time, we cycled the paths close to where we live. There are a lot of wide dirt paths close to our house where you can practice your mountain-biking skills, so Jonathan (my biohacking partner, husband, and natural superhuman) was excited.
I, on the other hand, as a lazy person at heart, really did not feel like going. But my inner health nerd dragged me to my cupboard to fetch my cycling shoes, I put on my helmet without complaining once, and we headed out the door. One thing that I did not expect was that I would be incredibly anxious during our cycle. You could say that I freaked out a little. But, I did not let my anxiety take over.
Even though I was scared while having to cycle next to passing cars for some sections, navigate my way through patches covered in big rocks, and go downhill, I kept reminding myself that even though I was scared, I was busy growing and that I would get a lot of different benefits that I am after as someone on a biohacking mission to becoming superhuman.
When I met Jonathan more than four years ago, I have to confess that I could not really ride a bike. I learned how to ride a bike when I was about eight years old, but then did not cycle again until I was twenty years old. At the time, I was still at varsity, so while he was at work, I borrowed my sister’s bike and taught myself how to ride a bike again. I knew he was going to take me mountain biking at some point, and I did not want to look like an idiot.
I felt like a biohacking, professional cycling superhuman. I was right, and we went mountain biking within a few weeks. As someone with anxiety and who is generally afraid of quite a lot of things, I was freaked out by a lot of sections, especially when it came to bridges and parts where two trees or obstacles were too close to each other and I had to cycle through.
Mountain biking has tested my anxious mind over and over again over the last few years, but I still do it. Partly because I really trust Jonathan and I know he will not put me in a situation that I will not be able to handle. Like I said, he is my superhuman.
Never in my life did I think that I would be someone who goes mountain biking, because I was too scared. The truth is, I still am. But my motto is that I have to do it scared. You only grow when you get out of your comfort zone.
Since meeting Jonathan, I have cycled in the streets of New York, with cars passing closely by, and did so without having a panic attack. We cycled as our only means of transportation while on holiday in Amsterdam recently, and I never thought that I would be someone who could cycle for four hours a day.
He has encouraged me to do a lot of other things that required that I put on my big girl pants and be brave, such as:
Doing ten obstacle course races (The Warrior Race in South Africa)
Trying wakeboarding and kneeboarding
Climbing a wall
Doing a duathlon
Jumping a fence
Doing a short zip line
Going catamaran sailing and going on trapeze (that shit was scary)
Wearing a bikini in public
Giving up sugar, gluten, soy, trans fats, etc. 90% of the time, which felt nearly impossible before.
A lot of people that I speak to mention that they are too afraid to do certain things, but if you really want to do something, just go for it, even if you are scared. The only way to become braver is to keep facing your dragons. Some dragons you may have to face over and over again until you are not scared anymore.
The reward is usually worth it, and part of biohacking and becoming superhuman is putting yourself in situations where you are uncomfortable, but that encourage growth. You are only going to become your best self if you actively pursue self-improvement through biohacking, gaining knowledge, self-experimentation, putting yourself through mental and physical challenges, etc.
If you love biohacking and want to become superhuman, perhaps make a list of challenges that you want to take on, but are too afraid to do. If you want, you can start with the smallest challenges on your list, and then as you become braver, move to the harder stuff. Biohacking and living in a way that will help you become your best, superhuman self can actually be quite liberating.