Overcoming Fear of the Unknown

My best friend in the whole entire world, Sydney, was trying to teach me how to use Twitter today. I do have an account and I do use it from time to time, but I really, honestly have no idea what I’m doing. Sydney said, “The best way to learn how to use it is just to click some buttons and see what they do.” She then went on to say, “It’s kinda like anything in life—sometimes you just have to try it and see what happens.” Thanks for your wise words, Syd, 1) because they gave me some perspective and reiterated an essential life lesson and 2) because they gave me a blog idea!

How do you know if you like something until you try it? And the opposite is true as well—how do you know if you don’t like something until you try it? How will you learn new things if you don’t try (kind of like this whole Twitter situation)? The simple answer to all of these questions is, “You don’t.”

Lots of us thrive on routine and live in fear of change (fear of the unknown). I will admit I am one of those people. Change can be scary, but it can also be absolutely wonderful and can fully enrich your life—but how will you know until you try? We often seek comfort in things that are familiar to us, things that we already know we like. With trying new things comes growth, experience, and strength. It allows us to realize that while we are creatures of habit, we can still come out of our shells and be fine. How can you possibly grow by repeating the same habits over and over again? You can’t. You can only learn from trying new things and from having new experiences (and by going to school, of course, but that’s not my point). The best lessons in life are learned by experiencing, trust me on that one!

 

 

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

–Nora Roberts

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman

Here is some inspiration that I thought you may all enjoy.

You don’t just want to look back on your life and wonder where it went. You want to have memories, adventures, experiences with people that you love (and maybe even the ones you don’t). You want to learn and take away from each situation the most that you possibly can. This is your life–don’t just let it pass you by. Make it special and have no regrets. Live your life to your fullest potential because it will all be worth it in the end. It’s better to have a life of “oh wells” than to have a life of “what ifs.” Take chances and make mistakes because that is how you grow and learn. Believe in yourself. You can do anything that you set your mind to. I know it!