I put myself in a foreign place.

I felt my stomach clench.


I recognized this

and shifted my thoughts from

“I am afraid” to “I am feeling afraid.”

(I’m not sure if it helped really.)


I remembered times when,  

expecting the worst,

I only experienced the

not so bad

or even

the more than pleasant.


I shifted my thoughts --

the clenching stomach

meant I was about to experience something

I hadn’t,

like a first kiss

or lover’s touch.


And so I stepped

more fully

into the foreign

and decided to call it

an adventure.