One of the smartest ladies I know has spent the last 28 years telling me to,
“Go Boldly! ”
If there has ever been a person that took their own advice it’s my Gran. She’s an amazing person. She has lived her life boldly, and I love her for it.
I am by nature shy, and generally an introvert. I find myself awkward in social situations. I break out in cold sweats at times and I find myself thinking things like what do I do with my arms? Cross them? Down at my sides? Wait, what did she say to me? It’s an ongoing battle with myself. I intentionally put myself in awkward situations for a number of reasons.
1.) Because (obviously) I am a social clutz
2.) Because being uncomfortable makes me more comfortable in my skin.
Of course that comfort doesn’t come right away. I spend my time being awkward and then realize I feel bettered by it afterwards.
I don’t want to spend my life being scared. Just because somewhere is comfortable doesn’t mean you should stay there. Sometimes comfort means you’ve mastered your current place in life and now it’s time to be uncomfortable again to make you grow as a person.
This is my own interpretation of my Gran’ words. They could mean a million different things depending on who you ask.
For me the past year going boldly has meant; quitting my full time job to be a full time mom; resuming competing in horseshows after a decade away from competitions, resuming writing, and pushing myself to be more than I think I can be.
Going Boldly is scary, but it’s worth it. I’m at a place in my life that makes me smile and I hold my head high knowing I’m doing the best I can. I’m not existing in life, I’m making my life.
My hope in writing this is that it will inspire someone else to push their comfort zone, and press on for more.
Not everyone has a Gran as special as mine to tell them this kind of advice. So well wishes to you, and from the HK Bar