I don’t know about you but it seems like there are a lot of times when I think to myself, “wow..I should really do xyz”. I have an idea, I come up with this brilliant plan to put it into action, and then in the end I either get too nervous about the size of the project or what other people will think of me for doing it and I tuck the idea away in a little locked box in the back of my mind.
I think a lot of us get really intimidated by the idea that other people are going to judge us for doing something different. We spend time worrrying that if we follow our passions or work hard to achieve our dreams other people won’t like it. And not just family members and close friends, complete strangers too! I’ve spent way too much of my life wondering what other people will think of me if I try to accomplish some goal that may be a little bit “out of the box”.
It can be really easy to get caught up in the what will they think of me game and once you do it’s hard to get out. It’s like trying to run underwater. You put so much time and energy into stressing about other people’s opinions but you’re not going anywhere or becoming any better.
So that’s why today, no matter what that thing might be, I want to encourage us all to do something. To take a leap of faith and try that thing we’ve been avoiding because someone might make a mean comment or won’t like what we have to say or think or create or do.
And even if someone doesn’t like it, what’s the worst thing that they can do? Talk bad about you on your Instagram? Leave you a nasty email? Make a rude comment? I hate confrontation and don’t like to hurt anyone’s feelings or disappoint/upset people but I have to admit it sounds a little silly to put off something you want just because someone might unfollow me.
So just go for it. Do whatever it is that makes your little heart happy. Whether it’s starting a blog, making a YouTube video, going live on Facebook for the first time, applying for a better job, creating an Etsy shop, or even just reaching out to someone and trying to make a new friend or present a new idea. Do it.
If it’s the worst thing ever, you can blame me.