I’m back and continuing with the Blogtember Challenge! Today’s topic is to share a favorite quote or expression and how it inspires you… definitely a good one!
I tend to keep a lot of inspirational quotes around me: scribbled in a notebook, written on a piece of paper and pinned to my bulletin board, saved on a Pinterest board, or just floating around in my head. They’re good reminders to keep around for moments when I need a little burst of inspiration or motivation. And sometimes I just really love looking at hand-lettered quotes. So pretty.
At my job, I’m in charge of organizing a weekly activity for my coworkers and others on our floor. The activity is meant to foster conversation and friendliness among everyone on our floor. Last week, I brought a small dry-erase board with the intention to write an inspirational or humorous quote relevant to the week’s activity. The quote I used last week has stuck with me since I found it.
“Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless.”
Fear is natural. Everyone has some fear, to some degree. Even if someone claims he has no fear, there’s something deep down that strikes a nerve. Personally, I’m terrified of snakes, extreme heights, losing control of my car (after recurring nightmares) and anything “haunted” around Halloween (yes I know it’s fake. It’s still horrifying). I have other smaller fears, too, that border more on personality quirks or anxieties than true fears, but for the sake of this post, we’ll call them fears.
While some of our fears may not be explainable, or sometimes even rational, others can be controlled and fought and conquered. Until we face those fears, though, they will continue to hold us back and limit what we do, see and experience.
Limiting ourselves, especially at our twenties, tends to cause more hurt than good. Whether it’s a job, a relationship, a city or place, an experience or opportunity, if we let our fears get in the way, we may miss out on something amazing. When those fears are no longer in play, those limits disappear.
One of my goals for the next year is to be a little more fearless and try something new. Earlier this summer, on a hike with some of my coworkers, I tackled a fear of heights and jumped off a big rock into a swimming hole. I’d watched my coworkers leap off with ease and joy, and talked myself into trying it, too. It was only about a 15-foot fall, but when I got to the top and looked down, I suddenly didn’t want to do it. With some encouragement from my coworkers, I finally jumped off. And it was pretty awesome. I didn’t do it again, though; once was enough. It sounds small and not a huge deal, but for me it was. It’s a starting point, and everyone has to start somewhere.
Once you become fearless, life becomes limitless. With nothing holding you back, what all can you accomplish? You’ll be a wonder woman. Let yourself fly.
Check out my other posts from the Blogtember Challenge here!