I love this quote and it’s perfectly matched with the picture! She jumped as high and as far as she could in that moment to reach the branch. She was all in. She didn’t think – What if I fall? What if I can’t reach it no matter how hard I try? She didn’t second guess herself and wonder if she was good enough or strong enough or brave enough. She saw something she wanted and she went for it. I love her for that! She was alive in that moment and life was good.
I’m so thankful for that reminder this morning. That picture came up in my memories from three years ago and I immediately knew it was going to be my blog post for today. I’ve written three blog posts so far and after each one was written, and I hit publish, I second guessed myself hard. What if it’s dumb? What if no one reads it? What if I’m not good enough to be a blogger? What if people think I’m stupid? I wanted to take it back!
I think back at how I’ve wanted to blog for years and never got up the courage to just go for it. This week, I leaped. I just did it. Bought the domain. Got a wordpress account. Created a site that I loved and started blogging. Here I am… leaping! However, I do NOT want to live with that feeling of foretold failure every time I hit publish.
So I’m going to work hard to beat back those lies. Nothing I write is dumb… it may not be for everyone and that’s ok. So what if no one reads it? I’m doing it for me and from my heart. Good enough to be a blogger? Is there such a thing? I’m good enough just as I am and as long as I’m honest and vulnerable, that’s good enough for me. What if people think I’m stupid? Ohhh now this is a hard one for me. I HATE being made to feel stupid. But really… no matter what anyone else says… how I feel is up to me. I absolutely love this quote by Eleanor Roosevelt…
No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. How we feel and respond to other people is 100% up to us. I’ve spent most of my life worried about what other people think… especially when it comes to being seen as dumb. (Which is really ridiculous when you think about it because I’m actually quite smart, did well in school, graduated magna cum laude… well you get the point.) I have no reason to feel stupid, and yet if someone says something that makes me feel stupid, I believe it. I agree with them. Or… I used to. Sometimes still do, but I’m getting better at it.
This blog is the perfect opportunity to work on this struggle in my life. To go for something and not worry about what anyone else thinks. To let go of caring about what people think. To do something for me, that I love, with a passion to help others… and let it just be.
If you have something that you have wanted to do, but haven’t had the courage to start… I encourage you to take the leap. Leap like you mean it. Go for it and don’t worry about what anyone else thinks. Be You. Do You. And let it be.