Joyfear

I was reading one of my favorite blogs, Zenhabits, recently and came across this word, which Leo Babauta coined. He writes a lot of good stuff on health and fitness as well as tapping into a more focused state of mind and working more efficiently.

His post on Joyfear really captured the essence of why I like triathlons. He defines Joyfear as “a mixture of intense joy and intense fear into one ball of powerful emotions that both lift me up and make me see things clearly when I hadn’t before.”

That really rang true with me. It’s exactly what I experience when I race. Or when one of my ad agency clients calls me in to work on a big pitch. Or lately, when I go to a Crossfit class.

So two questions: What brings you joyfear? What non-triathlon blogs do you read for inspiration and why?