“Do something everyday that scares you.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
I wish I could say that I do that. But I can’t. Doing anything scary is so…well…scary. And I think it is one of the hardest things to do. But here’s the thing…everybody feels scared at one time or another. If we aren’t scared, we are never going to get those great opportunities that only will come when we leap to something we really want or leave behind what we know so well. That leap into the unknown is scary as hell.
I got my driver’s license when I was 23 (yes…23!). I could have gotten it when I was 16 like everybody else in my high school. But I was scared. Yep. I was scared of taking the written exam, I was scared to take the driving test. And what if I failed? I’d have to go through the whole thing again.
But what moved me forward and gave me the impetus was that without a driver’s license I was not able to go anywhere I wanted on my own. I was trapped and was living on someone else’s schedule. I always had to look for a ride and rely on someone else to get me from point a to point b. That was a royal pain in the ass. It sucked big time. So I knew what had to be done.
So I put on my big girl pants and did it. And for the record, Yes…I was shaking. Yes…I almost turned around. And yes…I had a thousand excuses.
In the end, the rewards out-weighted all the excuses. I look back at all the many wonderful experiences I would not have had and the great people I would have never met had I listened to my “scared” self and not gone to the DMV on my scheduled day.
Not to mention the very wonderful experiences I’ve had being a proud owner of my Jeep Wrangler that would have never, ever happened if I hadn’t made the choice to get my license!
Your choices, no matter big or small, do make an impact on how you live your life and how you spend your time. So do something a little scary everyday and watch what happens.