We all have things we want to do, but we’re too scared to try. For me, this blog was one of those things. What if people don’t like it? What’s my point of difference? Is my skin thick enough to handle the inevitable negative comments about my work? Will it even be good or meaningful to other people? These are all thoughts that prevented me from following my passion….until now.
I’ve always been a writer ever since I was a kid. When I was little I loved writing poems, short stories, long stories and songs. I even wrote my own children’s book in seventh grade (though it was never published). I was able to develop my writing in school and through internships. However, in those environments, I was always writing for someone else. I have written countless published articles about topics that were relatively interesting to me, yet I’ve never published any work for or about myself, out of fear of how it would be perceived.
I think I feel a sense of security when I write articles about local news or some great achievement someone else has made, because my name is not in the forefront; people can only judge my writing, but not who I am as a person. Don’t get me wrong, I have a lot of published work that I’m proud of, it just hasn’t been for me. When I say “for me” I’m talking about writing about whatever I want; particularly, my own experiences and opinions. Yes, I’ve had diaries and journals where I wrote down all my thoughts, but never in an open space like the World Wide Web…essentially what I’m doing right now.
Right now I have become vulnerable and put my own writing on the internet for the world to see. I am writing about my own thoughts, feelings and experiences and hoping to positively influence someone else along the way. At the age of 24, it has taken me a long time to get to this point.
I’ve always been encouraged by my family and close friends to start a blog or YouTube channel, but I’ve been scared of the thought of being unsuccessful. It was not until one of my colleagues called me the other day and encouraged me to look past what I am currently doing, that my eyes were opened. “Yes, you work for ‘the man’ right now,” he said, “but you should have something that’s your own. You’re a really talented writer. You should start a blog!” That’s what got me thinking. He was right. I have always wanted something to call my own outside of school or work, but I never acted upon it. I always had thoughts about having a successful blog or YouTube channel, but I never took the first step to get it started.
As I thought about the conversation we had, by the end of the day I decided to STOP PROCRASTINATING. I have been 24 for 9 days now and I thought “enough is enough; it’s time to get started!” I realized that life is too short for “what ifs” and the least I can do is try.
I felt inclined to write this post because I know someone else needs to hear this message too. STOP PROCRASTINATING! If there’s something you’re passionate about, go for it! Don’t wait until you’re 24. If you’re older than that, start now! It’s never too late! Don’t put it off until tomorrow anymore, because tomorrow is not promised. It is so important to have something to call your own outside of your 9 to 5 job. If you like taking pictures, start a photography hustle on the side; if you like dancing, start teaching dance classes; if you’re passionate about singing, record a song and put it on Soundcloud! Whatever your passion is, start TODAY!
Often times we have a tendency to minimalize ourselves. I am a prime example. People are always telling me about the “potential” I have (I almost hate that word now because of how many times I’ve heard it)! But it’s true; sometimes other people can see more great things in us than we can. But it’s time to start realizing our own potential and our own greatness! I know that I am a good writer and as of today, I am going to share my personal work with the world. What are you good at? Whatever it is, start doing more of it today.
I am new to this follow-your-passion and let go of your fears journey, and I am no expert, but I would love for you to take this journey with me. Let’s take steps every day to move toward our goals and what we are called to do. Let’s not be lazy. Let’s encourage each other to at least try. I know it can be scary to not know what the future holds and to wonder if you’ll succeed at something new, but that’s also the fun part about life, simply living in the moment and maximizing today!
Starting now, focus on having a positive, fearless mindset. Go after that dream you’ve been too scared to chase. Don’t let the fear of failure stop you from trying at all.
So go forth and start rocking your dreams!