THE GREATEST MISTAKE YOU CAN MAKE IN LIFE
IS TO CONTINUALLY BE AFRAID YOU WILL MAKE ONE.
The other day, a good friend of mine told me something that stopped me in my tracks. She said she's always thought it took a lot of courage to do what I did in my life. She was referring to when my husband (who was my boyfriend at the time) and I left the Northeast for the warmer climes of Florida. We knew no one. We had little money. He was going to school. I was going to work and write and prep for grad school.
It wasn't easy. We hit bumps along the way. Grad school didn't work out for me. My writing career wasn't going the way I thought it would. We didn't live in the best neighborhood. People who I thought would always be in my life and be supportive and encouraging, no matter the physical distance between us, gradually weren't.
Courage. It's not a word I would normally apply to myself - and still wouldn't - but I understood what she meant. In that moment, I was proud of myself and grateful to her for recognizing how hard it actually was, how much of a chance I was actually taking.
You know how people say "at least you tried" when you attempt something and don't succeed? Let's say it to ourselves every time we step out of the box, start a new hobby, embark on a new career, go somewhere different for vacation, say "yes" when we would normally say "no," stand up for ourselves when it's not easy.
Let's say it with pride when we succeed. And let's say it with pride when we don't.
"At least we tried!"