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Anxiety: it’s the new adventure | Paula McGuire | TEDxGlasgow

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Adventure. It’s not a word we use too loosely; it’s one we use not loosely enough. Everyday adventurer, Paula McGuire used the lessons of a life spent battling crippling social anxiety to embrace fear and turn barriers into climbing frames. She explains why being terrified is good for the soul and how adventure is the key to positive change. Adventure is in everyone, it’s everyday and it’s everywhere. Why not here?

A recovering recluse, Paula lived for thirty years trembling under a rock, somewhere on the outskirts of every social situation. She now spends all that nervous energy challenging herself to useless exploits and encouraging others to turn anxiety to their advantage. Trier, author, athlete, trainee astronaut and everyday adventurer – but not quite the best at any of them.