Do you know what it feels like to never take a chance? To never put yourself out there naked. Vulnerable. Afraid. I do.
I don’t want to anymore. I’m sick of playing it safe. I want to live. I want to be me. I’m not a 9 to 5 guy, but I’ve been doing it for over ten years. Why is that?
How is it that we can be locked into doing something that we don’t like? Or worse, we know that it offers us no fulfillment, yet don’t do anything to change it.
I can think of several reasons.
Comfort. Fear. Lack of ambition. Lack of self-confidence. Perhaps even some self-hatred.
I can’t for the life of me imagine that we inherited such vitality just to piss it down the drain living a life that isn’t ours. Can you? Are you, like me, doing the same thing? Can you think of the why? Are you willing to admit to yourself the true reasons why?
What form of self-expression calls to you? Singing? Writing? Public speaking? Painting? Some other art? Is your mind a government who succeeds at stifling dissent?
Is there something else you’d rather be doing? It’s difficult to truly consider because of the lives we’ve ping pong’d into. Perhaps people depend on you. I understand there are bills: mortgages; car payments; phone bills; internet porn subscriptions…Still, if I’m going to be forced into a game, I sure as hell want to be playing it on my terms.
I want to take chances. I want to live.
One hell of a way to start is to pry open your comfort cage and venture far, far away from it—might as well trash it completely while you’re at it. It only serves to limit your potential. And you know what? Public speaking is a great way to shed your comfort skin. It’s difficult. Certainly it is. But what worthwhile skill isn’t?
A lot of questions…I know.
There is a solution, though. Do something that hurts, maybe not physically, but dammit, do something that annihilates your primal urge to be comfortable.
Journey with me and let’s shatter some barriers.
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