A couple of weeks ago, Carrie Barrett and I shut ourselves into a room here at the Austin American-Statesman office, turned on some recording equipment, and started to chat.
We talked about my Year of Adventure, which so far has included a running in a naked 5K race, rappelling down a 38-story building dressed as Wonder Woman, and jumping off the 10-meter platform into a swimming pool at the University of Texas.
All those things scared me. I did them anyway.
So should you. And I don’t necessarily mean do the exact same things I’ve done, although it’s been pretty darn fun.
Do what scares you. Do what makes you feel alive. Don’t sit on the edge of the pool and worry about getting your hair wet or smudging your makeup. Embrace life. Scrape your shins and feel the cold water and crawl around in the dirt.
This week, Barrett unveils our interview in her “I Could Never Do That” podcast, which launched about four months ago. (Listen to it here. It’s also available on iTunes and Stitcher.)
So far, Barrett’s series has featured local athletes including paratriathlete Laurie Allen, English Channel swimmer Katy Dooley, and Ironman triathlete Chuy Amaya.
“It’s sort of that quote from Henry Ford – ‘Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right,’” Barrett told me after we recorded the episode, the show’s 12th.
“It speaks to people who are doing things that most of us would say ‘I could never do that.’ It dissects how they’re doing these things. We talk about the fears they have, the tactics they use to get over those fears and we talk about the courage it takes to do these things and that courage isn’t an absence of fear. It’s going on in spite of your fears,” Barrett says.
She hopes that after hearing some of the stories, people will go from “I could never do that” to “maybe I could.”
“I think I’ve realized that yes, these people have some kind of innate ability to do these things, but really it comes around to surrounding yourself with the right people. To be successful at anything, you have to put yourself in the right circles.”
Barrett, 44, is triathlon coach and freelance writer.
And when she’s not swimming, biking or running, she and her husband take off in their camper van.