I honestly never thought I’d write a blog. But here I am, about to take the plunge (never say never, right?), and I’m scared to death. I have this thing about failing. I don’t like it. And many times I give into that fear and just don’t try. Then, I live with the regret of, “I wonder what would’ve happened if…?” I’ve missed out on a lot of fun and adventure by caving to that fear.
Recently I heard someone describe failure as not learning something from the experience. Ok, so maybe I don’t accomplish what I set out to do (in this case, create a blog that becomes wildly popular and helps tons of people), but the failure is not the lack of accomplishment but the lack of learning something through the experience. Hmmm…. Paradigm shifts, new perspectives, I’m learning, are a necessary ingredient for a healthy me.
I tend to have excuses of why I shouldn’t try new things:
- I’m single; I don’t want to do it alone.
- I’m too old. I’m 40-something now.
- I don’t know how.
- I might get hurt.
- I might not be able to do it.
- What will others think?
Logically, I can argue with myself about each excuse. I have friends that I could invite to join me in my new venture. I may be 40-something but I’m certainly not decrepit! Of course, I don’t know how; I’ve never done it before (duh!). And yes, I might get hurt. I might get in a car accident, too, but that doesn’t keep me from getting behind the wheel. I really might not be able to do it, but how will I know unless I try? And really, what others think about me is none of my business. So I realize my excuses are lame; yet, I let the fear behind them hold me back.
So why have I decided now is the time to tackle something new like beginning a blog?
- I’m single. I have the time.
- Forty is not too old to begin again.
- I know nothing about blogging, but I have a story to tell.
- If no one likes what I write, that will hurt, but regret doesn’t feel good either.
- Who knows if I can do this or not? I’ll only know by trying.
- What others think about me is not nearly so important as what God says about me.
So I’ve diving into the blogoshpere! This is the story of me, of a life and health transformation through weight loss, facing my fears, and discovering that 40 really isn’t too late to begin again.