If you are a bit scared to do something, do it anyway. Take the leap of faith and see what happens.
Behind every big decision, lurking around every corner of change, is going to be fear. Fear that something bad will happen, that things won’t work out, that you’ll fail miserably at what you’re trying to accomplish. Instead of letting fear envelop and constrict you, harness that fear and let it energize you into taking action. Do what you are afraid of. It may not work out. Something bad may happen. Whatever happens, live with the mindset that your life will be richer for the experience, good or bad.
There are many things that I am afraid to do. I’m scared that things won’t go according to plan. But each day, I am becoming more and more accepting of the notion that the most exciting and memorable events in our lives are so very often not planned.
So today, do something you’re a little bit scared to do. Start a conversation with a total stranger. Practice learning an entirely new language. Take a chance and follow your instinct. It’s called a leap of faith for a reason, and it may just be the best thing you ever did.
Think back to when you were a little kid. Think of all of the things that were appealing to you: what you loved to do and what you spent time engaging in. I remember being very young and feeling free to dance and sing to my heart’s content (and there are home videos to prove it). I loved performing for family members, whether it was telling nonsense jokes of my own creation or belting out the wrong words to a Disney song. I was energetic about engaging other people and wanting to offer them something in the way of entertainment.
And then there was a side of me that spent large amounts of time, especially during the sticky days of summer, out in my own backyard, talking to myself as if I was narrating an exciting adventure story of trekking through a vast jungle filled with endless trees and plant life and exotic animals to follow and befriend. I was often content with nature as my playmate.
Now, I think back and realize that these were the things that I loved at an age where there was no pressure or stress for me, and no one was telling me to do one thing or another. I didn’t understand or think about the concept of money, or think about planning. I simply lived in the moment and engaged my imagination and creative side. I’ve grown up with those characteristics and now I wonder how I can translate what I loved passionately as a child into something to offer the world.
Before my adult life was bogged down with exams to take, deadlines to meet and jobs to acquire, I often thought about what I wanted to do when I “grew up.” In my head, a rundown of the things I used to dream about were performing as a singer or actress on vast stage like Broadway or writing novels and children’s adventure books, where my imagination and creativity could thrive.
I still don’t have a set idea in my mind of what I want to do and I’m very OK with that. When I know, I’ll know.
This blog is a personal venture to not only inspire and motivate myself to pursue my passions but to encourage others to do the same.