Friday, October 19, 2012
The path less traveled
Was I afraid of making more mistakes? Of course! But no one ever reaches their goals if they don't face their fears and push past them. I push past a variety of fears every day. Rarely do I speak in public and not feel like I'm going to throw up or pass out at some point either before or during the presentation. But I just keep talking. And every single time I step on an airplane to go somewhere, I see the plane crashing, but I get on that plane anyway and remind myself that statistically I'm more likely to die driving to the airport. I know other published authors who could take their careers to another level if they would push past their fears of public speaking or flying, but they don't do it.
We all love our comfort zone. That's why it is our comfort zone! And I certainly am not a stranger to taking the easy way out. I was reminded of that last month when I was at Monticello, speaking at the Heritage Harvest Festival. On Friday, I rode the shuttle bus back and forth between the visitor center and the mansion. On Saturday, the line for the bus was rather long, and it was a beautiful day, so I decided to walk up the mountain. I didn't get very far before I realized why the vast majority of people were taking the shuttle bus. Walking up a mountain is hard!
When we're faced with challenges, we may be tempted to give up or turn back, or we may increase our resolve to reach our goals. As my second book is being released, and I'm on contract writing my third, I'm also watching two very important people in my life dieing as I am going through my own change of life, which are all constant reminders of my mortality. And the voice in my head keeps telling me to hurry up! Life is the ultimate race, but few of us ever know when we're getting close to the finish line. I'm determined to continue stepping out of my comfort zone. I know where I want to go, and the path is not well traveled, but I'm okay with that. As Robert Frost said, "I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference."