Today I wanted to discuss something that has become important to me in the last few months: doing things that scare you. I’ve always been confused about what to do with my life but it hit me particularly hard at the beginning of this year.
I made the decision to withdraw from my classes midway through my semester and take a break. Although it was frightening, it was exactly what I needed: to re-charge and focus on what my next step would be, school wise. It ultimately led me to find another program that I think I will really enjoy.
A few months after making this change in school, I made the decision to quit my part time job. I was working in customer service and found it extremely stressful. Although everyone tells you to not take it personally, at some point, I just realized that I didn’t want to be stressed out over a part time job, I have the rest of my life & career to do that ;). So after a lot of thought, I decided to quit. For me, this was scary, as I had worked nonstop since I was sixteen. This was quite a higher paying job than my previous ones, so I was terrified of leaving and not having a steady income. But I did it, and it led me to discover so much and gave me the time to start a couple projects that I’m very, very excited about.
All this thinking led me to come up with reasons as to why we should do things that scare us.
- You’ll discover new things about yourself: When thrown into a situation you’ve never been in before, you’ll have to adapt and make decisions that you’ve never thought you’d ever have to. You’ll most likely be surprised at the decisions that you make, giving you lots of insight as to the kind of person you are becoming.
- You’ll learn what you’re capable of: You never know until you try. Whether it be jumping off a cliff or quitting your much hated job, you will find out what your mind and body are capable of doing, when put to the test. For me, quitting my part time job and finding something I was passionate about lead me to see that I actually was capable of starting a business, something I had wanted to do (but was afraid of) for quite a while.
- You might find your passion and discover what you love/hate: You might end up loving or hating that thing you did, but at least you’ll know where you stand on that front. You will then be able to base your next move on this and tailor your life according to your new-found knowledge of yourself. Also, although this might not apply to every situation, you might end up finding your passion and at the very least, how you’ll be able to enrich your life through that passion.
- If you don’t do it, you might miss out on a great opportunity: Sure, you might do it and fail, but at least you will have tried. What if something great ends up coming of it? You wouldn’t have found that until you tried.
At the end of the day, (as cheesy as it sounds) we only have one life to live. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather step out of my comfort zone and try new things that might lead me to discover something great (or not), rather than do nothing and later have regrets.
What do you think?