Don't be Afraid to Try New Things!
It’s so cliche isn’t it? And yet in the last few years I’ve found the old mantra to be true. I’ve been slowly reaffirming the fact that not trying at all is so much worse than trying and failing.
I’ve always been someone with a lot of creative ideas, but I’ve found it difficult to know what my niche is, and how to project that creativity out into the world. What I found happened to me time and time again is I would have an idea, be super gung-ho about it, and then when it actually came time to releasing it, I’d be worried no one else would like it and I’d hide it away in my closet (literally) and shield it from the world. Well, in the last few months I’ve seen so many people close to me coming out of their creative shells and I’ve realized the things they’ve been so worried about are actually really silly, and that they’re flipping fantastic at what they do.
Something else I’ve heard my whole life that turns out to be true; if you create something you yourself are excited about, odds are someone else out there will like it. Out of all the people on the planet, I guarantee you there’s someone out there that will like what your doing. There are so many people that have ideas that are probably less good (whatever that means) than your own, but they end up making it (again, whatever that means) because they put it out there and work on their craft. It really irks me when I hear people criticizing other peoples’ artistic visions come to life, with the thought that ‘anyone can do that’. My opinion is, if you can do or make or create something better then go do it!
We all have valid fears, but I definitely don’t want to sit back and wonder ‘what if’ 40 years from now. The only successful people I know are the ones who took the risk years back, and worked tirelessly. And what’s more, is most of those people had their hands in all different projects, and then honed in on one thing later on. I guess at the end of the day my best advice to others is; do what you love, whatever that is, however many things that is, have fun with it and put your whole heart into it, don’t be afraid to take the risk because the reward can be so much greater. There’s also never been a rule that you have to get a Monday-Friday 9-5er, and work 40 hours a week at a company that doesn’t appreciate you. Create the life you want to live. Now it’s time for me to take my own advice!
While I was trying to pick a photo to put alongside this post, I came across my hiking pics from Edinburgh, my most recent trip (blogs soon to come about this!). And I thought it perfectly summed up what I’m talking about here. When the hike was a far away idea at the beginning of the trip I was so overzealous about it, telling my husband I was so excited and ready to tackle it - and I was! But when I was actually faced with the slippery muddy slopes, I got super nervous and definitely thought about turning around a couple of times. I coulnd’t be more happy that I didn't, the experience as a whole and the views from the top were like nothing I’d ever experienced before, and it’s a memory I’ll have for the rest of my life. Don’t let you hold you back.