I’ve always suspected I was a “balls to the wall” kinda girl but after taking your, “What Would You Do If You Knew You Wouldn’t Fail?” quiz, that diagnosis has officially been confirmed. After reading all the questions, I realized that I have actually been in most of those situations so it was easy to answer honestly.
When I was a teenager, I was afraid of heights so I took a hot air balloon ride that terrified me for the first ten minutes and was the most peaceful thing I had ever done for the remaining hour. I couldn’t stand the thought of being the kind of person who lived in fear – of anything! The more something scares me, the more apt I am to try to conquer it. I have been cast in movies, ridden a mechanical bull, scaled the Great Wall of China, run a marathon and the list goes on…
It may sound terribly arrogant but when you ask questions like, “What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail?” the answer, for me, is simple…I will do it all because I can! I don’t believe I will fail at anything. That is, in part, because if I set my mind to something, I will achieve it and it is partially based on how you define failure. Can anyone who goes after what they want truly be considered a failure?
I have always been the type to not waste time on fear of failure. If the worst case scenario is that I get shot down, I can live with that. It doesn’t make me less of a person and it doesn’t impact how I view myself. How other people respond to me cannot make or break me. That is strictly an inside job.
I cannot completely attribute this way of thinking to an inherent sense of feeling unstoppable. A lifetime of obstacles have given me that kind of strength. Serious illness at a very young age and breast cancer in my 30’s both contributed to my outlook on life. It made me realize at a very young age that my time here is finite and should not be wasted. If there is something I want to do or accomplish, very little can stand in my way. We always think we’ll get to it tomorrow or the next day but, the truth is, we probably won’t because life gets in the way. I adopted a “carpe diem” attitude very early on mostly out of necessity because I really did not know how many days I would actually get to seize and then it just became a way of life.
I am not suggesting to anyone that they be reckless or foolish but, if you have dreams and things you want to accomplish in life, what are you waiting for? I feel very much at peace with myself and with all of my decisions to this point. I think the only time I may be disappointed in myself will be if I look back on my life someday and have regrets. For today, I have none. There is not a single thing I would have done differently. Every adventure, every country I’ve visited, and every goal I’ve achieved has made me a stronger and better person. Nobody can take that away from me.
There are expressions amongst marathon runners – some people agree and some people may not – that it is 10% physical and 90% mental. I, personally, agree. Whether it is a marathon, overcoming a fear, getting the job you want, or whatever your primary goal is, you can make it happen. It may not always be exactly how or when you want but you can do it! The first, and most important, person that has to believe that is you!Genre: FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Love & Romance