My friend Liz texted me this weekend with a quote from a book she’s reading: “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
This couldn’t come at a better time, because I spent half the day having a mild panic attack. I made a very large purchase. An investment is more what I like to call it.
It arrived around 11am, but I couldn’t bring myself to open it until about 7pm.
I bought a new camera. You’re probably thinking… are you nuts? I’d be so excited. I am! But I’m also slightly scared out of my mind, because not only am I terrified of spending money but I bought this camera with a purpose. To try something new and pursue something different. I’m going to be vague and all sorts of mysterious until I get my act together. But what it comes down to is that I need to be fearless, because I have no reason to be afraid.
I realize that to many people I might seem like a risk-taker. I’m perfectly fine with traveling across the world on my own. I’m not scared of getting lost or trying new things. I love walking around foreign cities on my own. But everything I do, I do because I know I’ll be good at it.
I know what I’m good at, and I hate being bad at things. So sometimes I stay in the safe zone.
Roasted chicken is safe and simple. We know it’ll taste good with minimal prep work required. All you need is olive oil, salt, pepper, chicken, onion, tomato and summer squash, put it in the oven at 425F for 45-60 minutes.
But for now, I’m working on being fearless. No more roasted chicken for a while. I’m lucky enough to be in a position to try new things and invest in things I want to accomplish. I shouldn’t let fear get in the way, because fear only makes matters worse.
So I pose that question again to myself, and to you: what would you do if you weren’t afraid?