“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”Helen Keller, The Open Door
As most of you know I am taking a huge leap of faith right now and moving 1400 miles away from home to Jacksonville, Florida. I’ve been given an incredible opportunity to work, live, and play in a state that I hold very dear to my heart. This isn’t an easy thing to do and most people don’t just pack-up and move away from everything they know and love, but here I am.
Looking back on big, uncertain risks I’ve taken I always feel a big rush of gratitude, even with the risks I regret. Moving to Tulsa? Sucked, but I learned how to truly be all by myself. Moving to Orlando? Amazing, and I learned that Florida is the place I want to live out my days. Ending my engagement? One of the hardest thing I’ve dealt with, but I learned to put myself first, always.
Engage with Fear
Engaging with your fears can be the best way to combat uncertainty in a risk. Being brave and facing those fears of rejection, loneliness, and anxiety can create a new form of confidence you never knew you had! It’s so worth knowing you did the best you possibly could even in the worst circumstances. When I called my dad and asked him to bring me home from Oklahoma I didn’t feel defeated. I felt empowered that I chosen my mental health over any amount on a paycheck, resume build, or career advancement. The biggest lesson I learned from Tulsa is that life isn’t about making it big, it’s about being the best version of yourself.
Grasp Every Opportunity
When I lived in Orlando I lived this mantra – whether I knew this or not. I met people from all over the world and really took to them! I would go watch soccer with my Peruvian friends on Wednesday nights and everyone there spoke Portuguese except for me, but I was right there with them engaging and pretending like I knew what was happening. It didn’t matter that we had a language barrier, we were having fun! I went to Spanish clubs, volunteered, and met new people almost every day. I lived for grasping at new opportunities. My self-confidence sky-rocketed with these mentality and I never felt more comfortable reaching for these heights.
Taking risks, making the leap – it isn’t easy, so don’t let anyone tell you it is, but the reward is outstanding. The more risks I take like moving far off, standing up for myself, and making hard choices have made me a stronger, better person. I don’t know all the answers or what I really want out of life, but I know if I take a risk I’ll be one step closer.
I encourage you to take a risk. Whether it’s big, small, tiny, or tall just do it. The worst thing that can happen is that you get rejected, fail, or lose and so what? Get up, learn your lesson, and take another risk. I promise you won’t regret any of it.