Top 10: Things I Find Intimidating

by Lara on September 13, 2011

I consider myself a fairly capable, resourceful woman.  I am not ashamed to brag that I’m adept at using chopsticks, comfortable with driving a stick-shift, and somewhat gifted when it comes to my typing speed.  There are, however, a whole host of things that scare the sh*t out of me.

  1. LinkedIn.   What is it about LinkedIn that never fails to make me feel awful about myself? I’m pretty sure I could become the first female president and still feel intimidated when I compare my LinkedIn profile to others.  I have not had the guts to fill in my  “specialties,” or “career summary.”  Something about comparing my not-so-impressive professional achievements to my highly accomplished list of contacts is incredibly belittling.
  2. Self check-out at the grocery store.   I know, I have a college degree.  But trying to figure out what variety of onions I selected and should therefore properly charge myself for is somehow a daunting task.
  3. Making gravy.   Sure, I can roast a chicken, but I find the whole process of making gravy from scratch to be painfully intimidating.  This may be because I once read that a good gravy is the sign of a great cook.  No pressure or anything.
  4. Cooking with yeast.  Do I touch it?  Not touch it?  Leave it at room temperature?  Yeast seems endlessly complicated and no one can ever give me a straight answer about how to work with it.
  5. The StairMaster.  I can’t do it for longer than five minutes.  There, I admitted it.
  6. Parallel parking.  Maybe this isn’t a list of things I find intimidating as much as it is a list of things that I am incapable of doing.
  7. Fancy sushi restaurants.  I never know what to order.  I love it all; just bring me whatever you recommend.
  8. Confronting strangers.  This includes waitresses that mess up my order, jerks that cut the line, and parents of out of control children.
  9. Modern art.  As a former student of art history, I really should be more competent about this subject, but I can’t lie: modern art scares the hell out of me.
  10. Gwyneth Paltrow.  I’m sorry, but the woman can do everything, and that is not normal.  No one should be able to act, sing, write, speak multiple languages, raise perfect children, and cook flawlessly, all while lithely prancing around to a Tracy Anderson sequence.  So instead of hating her, I worship her.  But I remain frightened of her supernatural abilities to succeed at basically anything.


 What intimidates you?

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Abby September 13, 2011 at 11:27 am

Anything that has to do with directions (my internal GPS is MIA), math, actually cooking something with more than five ingredients and fashion, to be honest. I just default to comfort, calculators and someone else to drive.

I also get intimidated by really good writing. That sounds weird, but it makes me insecure about my own while simultaneously inspiring me.

Oh! And bats. Bats freak me out.


Lara September 13, 2011 at 11:31 am

Are we long lost sisters? I feel the same way about directions, math, and fashion. Maybe this should have been a Top 20 list.


Abby September 13, 2011 at 11:36 am

I did a “Shameless” post a couple posts ago wrapping up all the things I’m not good at. It was only the short list, and I got a little depressed 😉


glidingcalm September 13, 2011 at 12:20 pm

lol at parallel parking!!! memories!

Things I find intimidating: umm grad school applications?! lol and taxes, and certain types of dance classes. I sort of agree with art…….but i dont know if it intimidates me…. im more just like, “ehh.. i dun gehd it.”


Kim September 13, 2011 at 1:21 pm

You’re a better person than I am. I unabashedly HATE Gwyneth.
The stairmill intimidated me at first, but one day I decided I was going to do it for a half hour if it killed me, now I love it. It’s seriously amazing budunkadunk work.


Lara September 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I’m pretty sure if I did it for a half an hour, it would actually kill me.


holly September 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

CONFRONTATION of any sort…i could not be worse at it OR more intimated by it!!


lindsay September 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm

juicing! that intimidates me yet its probably the simplest thing on earth. Oh and stumble upon kinda does too.


Kelly September 13, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Yes, def. Gwenyth…. also driving in general..I’m just one of those weird people who will drive if I know where I’m going/have been there before, but I’m just not much of a fan of it. Also confrontation is soooo hard. People who are organized and so “together” and yet make it seem like that’s just how life is. my list could go on and on I’m afraid 🙂


Maren September 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I’m 100% afraid of the self check out too! What is it about those things?


lynn @ the actor's diet September 13, 2011 at 10:12 pm

linkedin scares the shit outa me too


Diane Fit to the Finish September 14, 2011 at 3:48 am

I don’t get Linkin, Google + and bathing suits are way up on my list of intimidating things.


Lea @ Healthy Coconut September 14, 2011 at 10:55 am

OMG…I feel the same about all the above, except for Gwyneth Paltrow part. I don’t think she can do it all, I THINK she has plenty of help to help her do it all. She has a trainer, she has a voice coach, she has a chef and she has a writer to write the book for her 🙂

I have plenty of yeast packet in the house, not one has been opened. I keep saying that I should try making something…but it intimidates me.

P.S. thanks for your respond on twitter. Wowza, SF to Seattle is far. WE might just have to fly instead if we make the trip up north.


janetha September 14, 2011 at 11:10 am

Ha love this post. You are so cute. I am with you on #1, 4 and 6.


Susan September 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm

I think you hijacked my brain when you wrote this. I feel intimidated by all the same things!! Except the self checkout. Mostly because I am picky about how my food is bagged and convinced I can do it better than the cashier.

I am also intimidated by bagels. I want to make them so badly, but… I have to boil them first?? I dunno.


Andrea@WellnessNotes September 15, 2011 at 5:53 am

Great list. I can relate to a lot on it! 🙂 I think Lea makes some good points about Gwyneth… And I think that’s true for a lot of people that seem “perfect.” I don’t think we get the full picture. I bet we would be surprised if we saw their list of intimidating things… 😉


Heather Eats Almond Butter September 18, 2011 at 6:33 pm

I feel the exact same way about Gywneth – I just can’t fathom her. Also, don’t understand Linked In at all. I closed my account, but I keep getting invites from people.

Hate self check-out, but only b/c I’m lazy, and I have to admit that parallel parking is actually something I’m good at – inherited that talent from my dad. 🙂


Lindsay February 17, 2012 at 1:43 pm

I love you!
This is a great list 🙂
-Stairmaster…I’m about dead at 5 minutes…yet people say “I did it for 45 minutes yesterday at the gym”?!?!! what am I(we) doing wrong!?
-Sushi …ditto!
-When I visit next, I am going to make gravy with you so that you are never fearful again! (I learned LEGIT from my southern grandma)…and bread. I’ll show you my brothers “cheat” version…

Love ya!


Lara February 17, 2012 at 2:11 pm

It’s a deal with the gravy and bread! Yes! 🙂


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