Dance like no one is watching. At least that’s what they say. But for those of you that have had the unfortunate opportunity to see me twerk, you know that this may not be the best advice for me. But guess what–we can’t be good at everything we do, right?
I have spent many years passing judgment on things that I know nothing about because I was afraid to try. I foolishly made blanket statements about things I had never tried in order to sound superior. When in all reality I was just scared. Do a triathlon? Who wants to pay money and train for that. Gluten free? Well, that’s just stupid unless you have celiac disease. Juice cleansing? Why the hell would you stop eating real food? And guess what, several times I have had to eat my words along with a huge side of crow when I was wrong. Are we so afraid of failing that we are unwilling to try new experiences?
There are plenty of things that I am terrible at. Christ, I can count on one hand the number of things that I actually excel at. That’s not the point. How do you know unless you try? And I’m not talking about just dabbling in things that are new or strange. Not just testing the waters with an errant toe. But really jumping in. Head first. You might find that immersing yourself in unpleasant, awkward, strange situations can be so refreshing. And maybe sometimes not. But isn’t that part of the fun in this precious life that we have been given? We only get one shot to make this count. Finding a place in your journey to truly get comfortable with being uncomfortable might be the difference between you merely existing and you really living.
So, go forth and conquer new adventures. Try something you are afraid of. Make your mark. Look awkward and maybe even completely fail at it. But mostly, find joy in the process. Learn to laugh at yourself. Find beautiful pieces of your soul in each new experience. Grin, change, grow.
And as for me, I know I can still dance like an idiot. But maybe as if at least one person is watching just to be on the safe side of things.