Don’t be afraid to jump then fall.
There are times in our lives when we experience more bravery and courage than others, but that doesn’t mean we should let the voices in our head hold us back from greatness.
I have recently taken leaps into different areas of my life, and all of them have turned out pretty well.
Ever since I started loving Taylor Swift I’ve wanted to learn how to play ukulele, and the first song I wanted to learn was “Fearless”. I would watch her live performances of it and it sounded like magic.
About a year ago, I said I would go to Guitar Center and purchase one with my own money. I didn’t.
This summer I stumbled into Guitar Center with my mom with no intention on purchasing anything. Walked to the back room, found a matte black Fender ukulele. It was the size I wanted and the right price. I decided to get it, and since my mom saw my passion and excitement towards the instrument, she actually purchased it for me- Thanks Momma xoxo
Guess what? Now I know how to play Fearless on it and I’m living out one of my dreams.
I used to read all of the time when I was younger, but lost interest once I got to high school. Last month I realized that I wanted to do something in the mornings while I drink my coffee that isn’t scrolling through my phone. I wanted something to do while I took baths. I wanted another excuse to hang out at coffeeshops other than just working on my blog. Reading fit into all of these categories. My favorite Youtuber, Kalyn Nicholson, wrote a fictional book and I contemplated for 3 days whether to purchase it or not.
I did it and I’m so glad I did. That book turned out to be amazing and sparked a new found interest in reading again. Here I am in bed with “You Are A Badass” right beside me with post it notes and highlighter marks covering the pages.
I took the leap and it brought me to warm coffeeshops on early mornings, relaxing moments with myself, and a way to avoid my phone.
I was in my car, took a wrong turn down a one way street, pulled over on the side of the road, and broke down into tears. I didn’t start crying solely for the reason of making the wrong turn, but because I was self evaluating myself while I was driving and realized I was becoming depressed again.
The following day, I took a leap of faith and booked an appointment with a therapist. I’ve had bad experiences with therapists in the past that I’ve addressed in a previous blog post. That visit with the therapist actually went really well and she was awesome. After the meeting, I already felt a weight lifted off my shoulders.
I noticed myself falling down the rabbit hole again, didn’t think, and just took the leap of faith to get myself back on track with life.
Lastly, I recently went looking for jobs. My car was having problems this day, so I took the bus Downtown to State Street, went into a bunch of stores I love to shop at, walked up to the front desk, and asked for applications. The entire time I was overwhelmed with anxiety and fear, but I did it anyways. Given, I did have my friend on FaceTime the entire walk because I was so nervous and afraid, and that helped having a little support and comfort.
I reported back to my therapist and she said that what I did was amazing. She told me I don’t give myself enough credit for the things I go out and do. I push myself and rip off the bandaid and I should take pride in that.
I stepped out of my comfort zone, went out and did something I was dreading, took the leap, and all I can do now is wait to get a call back.
If there’s something you’ve been wanting to try or something you’ve just been avoiding, go out and do it. Take the leap and things might end up in your favor. It could change your life for the better. Have faith in the Universe and it’s good intentions for you.
1) Doing Without Thinking
The first step is just doing without thinking. Now this strategy isn’t always the best, but when it comes to trying new things like meditation, painting, traveling, etc. it is a great way to kick start a new hobby instead of saying “Oh, I’ll do it tomorrow”.
When it comes to things you dread, this same tactic applies. That homework you’ve been putting off? Sit down at your desk and do that first before laying down in bed to take a nap- you’ll be relieved when you wake up that you got it done first.
Need to see a school counselor to discuss your future and goals? Too lazy to walk over to make an appointment or even schedule it online? Rip the band aid off. Go and get it over with as soon as possible so it’s out of the way and you don’t have to worry about it anymore.
2) The Results
Leaping into things might not always end well, though. Taking the leap in telling your long time crush that you like them doesn’t mean they’re going to like you back. Think about it though: you stepped out of your comfort zone, took a leap, told them how you feel, and got your answer. Although it stings that they don’t like you back, now you know that person isn’t for you. Now you can spend your time focused on other things rather than that person. You can move on and not waste your time on something that’s never meant to be.
3) Take Pride In Yourself
Whether the situation turns out great or poorly, take a step back to congratulate yourself. Jumping into things isn’t easy, they take courage and bravery. Notice the little achievements you accomplish every time, pat yourself on the back, and keep on going.
Here’s to getting things done, learning new things about ourselves, exercising courage, and jumping into the unknown.