You’ve heard it all a million times. Don’t let fear stop you from chasing your dreams. You’ve just got to start somewhere. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, they’ll teach you the best lessons. You’ve pinned a gazillion motivational quotes. Nodded your head in agreement. And then gone back to your daily routine.
And one day, you finally listen.
One phrase sticks with you and you decide that it’s time. Time to pursue that thing that’s been poking at you from the back of your mind. Waiting for you to take the plunge. Stop worrying that it might not be perfect.
For me, that quote that got me to finally say, “I’m ready, let’s do this,” was the one at the top of this post. I read Brene Brown’s book Daring Greatly last fall, and it lit me up. For the last two years I’ve worked as a bartender. When I started, I told myself I’d only be there short term, just until I got a “real” job. Turns out I didn’t know what I wanted that “real job” to be just yet. I spent a good amount of my time messing around, I lost sight of myself a little bit, but I finally came back to searching for what would truly make me happy. What would “light my soul on fire” as Brown said.
A whole lot of self-help podcasts, pep talks from my friends and family, and a few shaky clicks of the mouse later, I’m a certified personal trainer. Turns out I can pass Anatomy and Physiology, and I can teach myself what muscles engage during each movement, and I can move to the middle of the country and find a job using my crisp new certification, without ever having played any team sports or worked in a gym before.
Once that fire was lit, that little voice in the back of my head got louder and louder and I couldn’t drown it out any more. I had been frozen by fear for too long. Once I started pursuing what sets my soul on fire, I was amazed by how everything started to fall into place. I felt it deep in my core, and I still do. I’ve never been more sure that I’m on the right track. I’m all fired up and I have no plans to stop.