Paula McGuire's world was shrinking. Bullied as a child and plagued by excessive social anxiety, she had become a recluse. Unable to even go into a shop on her own, Paula's life was effectively over before she hit 30. But then something changed. She isn't even quite sure what. But after years of running away from life, Paula decided to grab it by the balls ...
She didn't do anything too difficult to start with - just learning all 17 Commonwealth Games sports! After that, she threw herself into naked-life modeling and astronaut training. Next, Paula plans to swim all around the United Kingdom. At the time of writing, Paula can't swim ... somehow that isn't discouraging her one bit!
Must Try Harder tells the remarkable story of a life transformed by facing up to fear. Paula's funny, heartfelt, and above all, inspiring story shows us that we each have the power to do amazing things.
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Paula McGuire is an adventurer, speaker and author, but, most of all, she's a trier. For thirty years Paula lived under a rock, somewhere on the outskirts of every social situation, suffering crippling anxiety, panic attacks and depression that would eventually rob her of even the most basic freedoms. After decades of medication and intervention, adventure became Paula's personal therapy in 2012, when she became Paula Must Try Harder, trying the 17 Commonwealth sports, exposing her to constant fear and enabling her to fight her way back into the world. Ever since, Paula has terrified herself daily in the name of recovery, and now spends all that nervous energy challenging herself to wild exploits and encouraging others to allow a little fear into their days. From skinny-dipping and flying a plane to going shopping on her own, Paula's adventures have covered the bizarre and the banal, and demonstrate that living a happy, full life with anxiety really is possible.