I’m not the best at putting my feelings into words, but I’d like to share a message that’s been saved in my bookmarks for over a year now. This really resonated with me and helped me get through difficult times in my life, and I hope that this can help you too. Author is credited at the bottom.
It’s okay to be scared. Feeling afraid doesn’t make you weak or incapable or inadequate. It doesn’t make you a disappointment or a failure. It makes you human. We all feel scared sometimes. Whether we’re afraid of taking a step forward in recovery, afraid of being vulnerable, afraid of a new experience, or afraid of being honest and using our voice, life is scary and overwhelming for all of us. But that doesn’t mean you give up.
You will make mistakes. You will trip and fall and take wrong turns. But you will also grow. You will discover who you are and what you’re capable of. You will learn what makes your heart sing and where your passions lie. And you will recognize with incredible clarity that you are so much stronger than you ever gave yourself credit for. You will discover that you can feel the fear and do it anyway.
Stepping out of your comfort zone is scary. But it’s outside of your comfort zone where life and fulfillment and growth and adventure lie. So the next time you feel incapacitated by your fear, ask yourself, what is the worst thing that can happen if I take this step? Ask yourself, what is the best thing that could happen? What will I miss out on if I continue to let this fear control me? And what will I gain and discover if I let go of the fear and take this leap?
Finding the courage to face what feels difficult and unbearable isn’t easy, but it is possible. It starts when you believe in yourself. It starts when you realize the things you’re afraid of are not nearly as scary as what you miss out on when you give into the fear. It starts with small steps forward each day. And it starts with you.
On a lighter note, I let go of my own fear and took a leap…off a cliff 20 feet into Keauhou Bay on the island of Hawaii – right after this picture was taken. It was exhilarating! What’s a fear you’ve overcome recently? Or what’s something you’ve done that felt like a breath of fresh air?