*Picture Shia LaBeouf screaming “do it! just do it!” throughout*
I’ve experienced a few changes in my life over the past few months and with new year quickly approaching and resolution ideas circulating, it’s got me thinking a lot about the things in my life that I want to change. I want 2018 to be the year that I learn and experience more things. Simple as that.
Thinking about the things you want to achieve is easy. I’m sure we all have a mental list of goals we would like to achieve but along with that comes the list of reasons and excuses not to do them today or to even attempt them at all in the first place. The hard part is listening to those voices, accepting them and doing it anyway.
A term that I’m tired of hearing is “irrational” when used in conjunction with a talk about living a life without fear because I don’t believe it’s ever irrational to have a fear of something. Sure, if you have a paralysing fear of Simon Cowell then it would seem strange to us that can sit through The X Factor with falling asleep being our only concern. *yawn* but the fear, for that person, is very real and completely rational in their own mind. The point would be that it’s a fear of a likely non-existent threat.
I really do believe fear to be a great thing. If you have no anxieties going through life then you’ll never experience the satisfaction of overcoming them and achieving something despite your initial hesitance. The goal should never been to live fearlessly but to find the courage to do more of the things you want to do regardless of the what if’s.
I know, it’s easy to say it but a whole other thing to put it into practice, right?
Let’s say that all fear is rational (in that it comes from a negative experience of some sort), with an absence of challenge for said fear, it only makes sense for that fear to grow as time goes on. Once you’ve had a positive experience from doing something and you realise it isn’t so bad after all, the scales start to tip in your favour and the next time it won’t be so difficult to endure so it’s about taking that leap of faith first of all.
In 2018 I hope to do more of the things I’ve always wanted to do and I’m starting off with a charity sky dive which has been at the top of my bucket list for the longest time. You can find out more about the charity and donate here or text PIPE59 £5 to 70070.