Building My Wings

As I begin my new journey of writing full-time, I know something about a word that we all deal with every day. It's the word fear. For such a small word, it packs an incredible punch. I find almost any excuse I can think of that will prevent me from doing things I'm afraid of. I might watch a movie, go out with friends, read a book, complete household tasks, or even clean the house (which is saying something because that’s never on top of my to-do list). Avoidance and distraction are great deterrents. But neither of them diminishes my fears nor makes them disappear. So, why do I try so hard to keep my fears at bay? And, why don’t I want anyone to even know that I have them? The answer of course is fear: fear of failure, fear of disapproval, fear of rejection. Those are all pretty big motivators for keeping my life status-quo. For if everything stays the same, I can avoid the biggest fear of all, change.

Humans don’t like change. We don’t like what we don’t know. We want to control our lives and we quickly become experts in our daily routine. Yet, when our lives become stagnant we can’t grow. We can’t reach our highest potential. We can’t be who we came here to be. We have to take risks. Yet, fear does not loosen its grip easily. It clings to our thoughts influencing nearly every decision.

Yesterday, I posted on my Facebook author page about risk and I realized it was time I took one. With butterflies still fluttering in my stomach, I created a new blog section on my website. I’d been putting this off for months, but I decided it was time to face my fear. It was always terrifying to me to put my thoughts and ideas out there for everyone to read and evaluate. But I now realize it’s more important for me to help others than to worry about what others think of me. If writing my blog can make a difference for even one person, then it is a success. I have to leave my comfort zone and take a risk.

Ray Bradbury said it best. “You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.” I know jumping off cliffs is no small matter, but how do you know you can soar if your feet never leave the ground? So, I encourage you to think about your fears, whatever they may be, and don’t let them rule your life. Take a risk and face them head on. The results don’t matter. You’ve begun the journey of self-discovery and finding your true potential. That takes courage. You are stronger than you think. Be who you came here to be. It all begins with you – as this blog began with me.

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