Are you ever just terrified of taking the plunge into something unknown?
You lose sleep, your appetite, you agonize over tiny details and analyze every possible angle. You go back and forth between going through with it and bailing. Only to find out that when it actually happens it’s not really that bad and wasn’t a big deal in the first place.
It’s easy to feel that way when making any major decision.
That’s how I felt when I took the plunge and signed a lease for an apartment in Seattle and moved in yesterday.
It’s how I felt when I decided to start going to school for photography and I felt that way again when I quit having a steady part time job while freelancing.
Taking risks is always scary. Change is scary. And most of us tend to resist change.
It’s also incredibly easy to get stuck inside your own head. I know I do all the time. You over think, over analyze, and get paranoid about outcomes, consequences, results, etc. It seems like right when you think it’s all over or about to blow up, it turns out to be fine and exactly how it should be.
After you do this so many times, you start to learn some things.
One main thing? That there are never any guarantees when it comes to anything. You could get hit by a bus tomorrow. You could get a promotion. Your house could burn down. You could win the lottery. Looking at it this way, you start to see that since you can’t guarantee anything in life, you might as well go ahead and do whatever you want. Meaning, to go after whatever it is you dream about.
We’ve already learned that: “You can fail at what you don’t want. So you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” -Jim Carrey
It kind of makes sense to just go ahead and do what you want to do. Now that’s not supposed to be taken as in, like, robbing a bank or lighting someone’s house on fire.
So what are you waiting for? If you were looking for a sign, then here it is.
Do something new. Fun. Crazy. Anything at all.
Just don’t mug anyone or steal a car in the process.
Or anything illegal for that matter.
Have you ever felt this way before? Maybe you’re feeling it right now. Just remember, it’s all normal. It’s okay to feel crazy sometimes. Just not too crazy.