Don’t Let The Fear Of New Beginnings Hold You Back From Truly Living ✨
If you weren't ready, you wouldn't have the opportunity.
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Don’t be afraid to start.
So often in life, we’re so terrified of beginnings that we’d rather avoid them altogether, instead choosing to stay safely in our comfort zones. And that’s okay sometimes. You don’t have to always do the things that make you uncomfortable. But ask yourself this: In what ways are you holding yourself back from your full potential?
Don’t be afraid to jump.
Some people are so cautious that they have to double check every safety net they have in place before they’re willing to take the leap. Don’t get me wrong—safety nets aren’t bad. It’s good to know we’ll arrive safely at the bottom. But don’t be so obsessed with backup plans and failsafes that you’re only ever willing to take small steps. If you are, life will pass you by before you can even make it to the first milestone.
Don’t be afraid to try.
It’s normal to want to be the best. It’s normal to want to do well at the things you do. It’s not normal to punish yourself when you’re not. Don’t be so afraid of failure that you’re unwilling to try new things. Because what if you give something a shot and you’re great at it? Or what if you keep working at it and improve? Or what if you’re absolutely awful at it, but you love it anyway? Not every aspect of life is a competition; you lose absolutely nothing by just giving something a shot. And if it doesn’t work, that’s okay. If you don’t like it, that’s fine. At least you can move on knowing that there’s nothing left to regret. And if it does work out for you? Ah, well, that’s where the beauty is.
As Matt Wilks wrote, “Your time is now and it always will be—you are never stuck in life, you merely just haven’t made the whole-hearted choice yet to live truest to yourself and your greatest desires; a choice that may not dictate so much the external, but the internal. The part of yourself that matters most.”
Life is too short to not embrace new beginnings, to not jump, to not give it your all, even when you don’t know where it’ll lead you. And life is difficult enough without you letting the fear of failure—and yourself—get in your way. So instead of looking at beginnings as something scary and unknown, approach them as opportunities to expand, to transform, to grow—to become exactly the person you always dreamed you could be.
So when you’re afraid of what comes next, remind yourself of these words by Stacey Eskelin: “All you get is this one life. Do you really want to waste it?”
What We’re Reading This Week 📖💛
“Please do not use jobs as a measuring stick. Use your kindness, your character, the way you love people, but not a fucking job that you’ve been forced to get to make money so you can stay alive. You are worth way more than that.” — Sophia Benoit
“We create stories about the people we follow on social media based on their outer lives online, when, for the most part, we know very little about their inner lives.” — Marisa Kabas
“It is time for men to recognize the harm patriarchy has caused the world, and start making amends. It’s time for them to give up all this power they’re so mad for but so bad at handling wisely.” – Lucy Ellman
“I wish we had more of that widened aperture. Where we can, by letting the truth of this moment sink in, that we can see things with the shades of light and dark and be able to live between these ridiculous binaries of either everything is possible or nothing is possible. “ — Kate Bowler
“Despite everything you’ve been through, you are still standing and I hope you know how incredibly strong you are.” — Jacqueline Whitney
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Let us leave you with this:
“Being a beginner doesn’t mean you’re bad at something
it means that there’s space to grow
Sometimes that space seems so big
Filled with so much to learn and know
And of course you’ll make mistakes
But the biggest one would be not to try
Because the time you spend wondering about it
Will still pass by” — Sophia Joan Short
Trust that you’re ready for what comes next, and that no matter what happens, you’ll be okay ⭐