Do it – before you think too much
The other day one of my classmates came up to me and said she thought I was very courageous because I went to the casting for Jeopardy last week. I smiled at her and asked why she thought that. She replied that she would never have the guts to go into a casting like that for all sorts of reason. I knew exactly what she meant. I used to think about stuff way too much a few years back and that actually held me back from doing what I really wanted to do. When I stopped thinking too much and just went for it I noticed that many things got much easier – or maybe “easy” isn’t the right word. Nothing comes easy here in life but it was very liberating not thinking too much – and not worrying too much. If I had thought more about the casting for Jeopardy I would definitely have doubted my skills, wondering if I would be good enough, clever enough etc.
The casting is just one small example – thinking too much can hold you back from a lot of things: great experiences, jobs, people etc.
I’m going traveling for about a month soon. Surely I’ve been planning the trips a bit but other than that it was very spontaneous. If I worried too much about money for example I wouldn’t have booked the tickets. The most reasonable decision would have been to keep the money and maybe buy a new refrigerator or a new stove for my apartment but that’s sooo boring – however those things are necessities of course – but for now I chose to have some great experiences instead.
I know I’m a bit too adventurous at times – my mom says that to me all the time. She’s very different from me. Every little thing she does, she has to think through thoroughly beforehand. You may be a bit like my mother and mean that every decision has to be made through long consideration but it doesn’t always have to be like that. We only have this one (short) life so why not make the most of it every single day? Why spend valuable time on thinking and worrying about what might happen? I know it’s much easier said that done. It’s all about your mindset. It takes time to change your way of thinking.
Sometimes I can tell that my mom actually admires me for “just doing it”. When I tell her about my new adventures she shakes her head but when she sees how happy I get from doing all these things, she sometimes ends up saying that she wish she could go with me. And this just confirms me in that I’m doing something right.
I’m not saying that this is how everyone should live their life – this is how I choose to live my life and I love to see what the next day brings. I don’t like to have everything planned in advance. That would be boring (for me). We’re all different and obviously there are many people who need everything to be planned out in advance – but I hope I can inspire some of them to be more spontaneous and adventurous.
As Spice Girls would say: Spice up your life!