I love to get daily inspirational words & quotes in my personal inbox. Today’s quote, I have to admit, hit home with me in a huge way… & I’d like to share my thoughts with you in case some of you can relate. 🙂
I don’t know about you, but as much as I love to try & experience new things, I really like to feel I’m in control when it comes to certain areas of my life. If something appears too stressful or difficult, I tend to shun or shy away from & avoid it as much as possible. I suppose this is a natural reaction. A lot of people don’t like to feel out-of-place or out of sorts when it comes to learning a new skill or meeting new people. I have struggled immensely with this, although I have improved I think over the last few years.
I remember back when I was in high school, I took a drama class & was given a scene to carry out in front of the class. I said my lines with emotion & conviction & was praised overwhelmingly by my teacher at the time. She also suggested that I try out for a stage play that was coming up, per she felt I was, “that good”. I remember my exact thoughts…sure, I performed in front of the class & that was scary enough, but on stage? That would be a nightmare! I wasn’t very talkative, except around my close friends, so the idea of standing in front of the entire school was just TOO much to handle. I immediately tried to make excuses as to why I didn’t think I would be able to follow through & do it, but she wouldn’t take no for an answer & practically drafted me into doing the play. Long story short, I was great! I received a standing ovation & basically everyone in the school new my name afterwards.
I often go back to this memory to get out of my own way when faced with a current new challenge that feels “overwhelming” to me. Although I still try to sometimes “make excuses”, I’m realizing that some of my best experiences happened after I was willing to step out & try something different or look at something differently. Yes, life can be disappointing at times & very painful, but also during these times, I think our best selves are being shaped & carved during the process & if you allow it…can eventually blossom to something beautiful.
Please share your thoughts…