I'm playing in my first competitive chess tournament next month. It's a big tournament.
And yes, I'm playing in the lowest division (which is high, U1200) alongside my son.
I'm not afraid of having to play him - after all he beats me 50%-60% of the time now.
But I am petrified of embarrassing myself - losing all my games, losing to Asian girls less then 4 feet tall, etc.
In life it's hard to do new things - excuses not to branch out, not to take "risks" can be formidable opponents.
Yeah, this isn't really a RISK or a wild adventure....but I agonized a lot over the decision to sign up.
I know. Pathetic.