How was the experience?
Today I woke up with an email from DailyMail asking me for my permission to use my images and videos on their website. A few minutes later, I receive an email from A Plus asking me to answer some questions about fear to write an article about my project as well. Shortly after that (I was still not understanding the magnitude of the situation), I log into my Squarespace account and notice that the website has more than 300 views by 10am. That moment I started to freak out and grasp where this was going. I clicked on the referrers button and find out that tons of articles have been written about me in many languages. Then, I go back to Facebook and I see my face on posts by blogs I love and follow (Designtaxi, Boredpanda, Bustle). Of course I shared them all immediately and my friends and family start sharing them as well. By that point I couldn't concentrate on work anymore, this was getting addictive. Soon, I start to receive emails from people all over the world telling me how much I've inspired them and that they were going to start their own list of fears. I was so overwhelmed I couldn't even do my fear of the day. A few hours after, my page had around 6,000 views, I know!!!
The day after, the unimaginable happened, Ashton Kutcher posted my article on his Facebook account and it got almost 30,000 likes and 7,000 shares. I couldn't believe my eyes. At the same time, I started to read some of the comments and as you can imagine, they were not all positive, but, as Taylor Swift says, haters gonna hate, and I couldn't focus on those at that time. That day I got 27,000+ visitors on my page. The next day I got featured on Cosmopolitan, Buzzfeed, and Hello Giggles by Zooey Deschanel. And finally, by Sofia Vergara.
(Sorry for the longest post ever but here comes the scary part) So, yes, as you can imagine, I'm freaking out. I am 100% excited but for some reason part of me is not believing what is going on. I'm afraid to wake up tomorrow and figure out this was all a nice dream, that's how it feels now, like a dream come true. Not only that is scary, but the fact that I'm influencing so many people adds a ton of pressure to my next move. This project started as something personal and now it outgrew the initial purpose which was to become a brave person. Now, my purpose is to keep facing my own fears but also to inspire millions while doing it, and that's a huge challenge and responsibility to take in. I have no clue of what the future will bring and I'm excited but nervous at the same time. For now, I'll keep doing what I've been doing, facing fears, writing about it and hopefully reaching more and more people that need some push to face their own fears.
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