I have decided to start writing, not because I know how to, but because I was encouraged by one Antonio Vega to explore the available gifts and opportunities I have been given. Whenever I look around, I am paralyzed with admiration for great writers that have made their way up “the ladder.” In the past, the disease of comparison has easily crippled and discouraged my fainted heart, driving me to give up writing. With the limited skills, vocabulary, time and everything that I can think of, I had enough valid excuses to “throw in the towel.” And how could I forget the opinions of my friends? Almost everyone looked hostile towards my new venture in writing. Then, I was reminded that every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.
Most of us give up pursuing dreams and passions for fear of failure. There is always a first time for everything and, sadly, we restrict ourselves from exploring new ideas and adventures because we put far too much value on the opinion of others have of us. I have chosen not to be defined by others. I don’t claim to be a writer, or a professional in any other areas related to this, but my writings belong to me. Whenever I write, I recall songs of joy that I have archived, and cherish, within myself.
Alternative views shape our direction. However, they must not deter us from trying things that seem impossible. There are many people in the world that discourage others. You can find them everywhere, infusing failure into those who at least want to try. As Will Smith, rightly, stated, “Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves they’re gonna tell you that you can’t do it. You want something go get it. Period.”
The benefits of trying new things can speak volumes for itself. When we try new things, we expand our knowledge base and these new experiences can help us become bold enough to try even bigger things in life. It is not a guarantee that things will work out. However, an increase in confidence, appreciation for oneself and acquisition of a new skill is assured. When we wait to fully understand everything before trying, we increase the barriers to learning new ideas.
Regardless of what we try, courage should be the epicenter of our action. It unleashes all fear and engulfs oppositions in its path. We love doing things that we are comfortable with because of our routine mentality which can easily poison our passion of pursuing new ideas.
“Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” – H. Jackson Brown, JR.