Failure. Yep I said it. That dreaded F word that everyone is so afraid of. I have been so afraid to fail in my life that I have missed opportunities and held myself back from some amazing experiences. I know I’m not the only one. Our society is so success oriented, especially now with all the various social media platforms where our successes can be broadcast for everyone to see. It is only natural to want the world to see how great we are doing in this or that, but let’s face it, this constant barrage of success stories just isn’t realistic. You aren’t going to succeed at everything the first time you try it. Maybe not even the fifth or the fifteenth time. Shoot, there may be some things you just are never good at. But that is no reason to throw in the towel before you even start.
I am talking to myself here more than anyone. I have been wanting to start a blog for 2 years. Yep, 2 years! And my fear of failure has held me back. I have convinced myself that it would be too hard and it might not even be worth it. I have come up with so many scenarios where I utterly fail and am horribly embarrassed by my efforts. Truly I have been my own worst enemy. And I’ve wasted 2 whole years just thinking about something when I should have been doing it!
Not anymore! Maybe it’s because I turned 30 this year (gasp!) or maybe I just finally got tired of hearing my own excuses, but here I am. Staring failure in the face. Who knows? Maybe I will still fail, but at least in a year from now I can look back on my experience and be proud of myself for trying and working towards a dream. I’m here to tell failure that I am not afraid anymore! Failure has no power over me. After all, the only way to truly fail is to never try.