finding courage


It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else. - Erma Bombeck

How many of us have dreams that we hold onto but are somehow scared to tell the world? Scared that others will think us frivolous or crazy for dreaming so big. Scared that people won't reinforce our dreams or think that we aren't being reasonable. Or just scared that if we do put our dreams out there - and then fail - that our failures will be public. People will know we failed, and it won't just be something in our hearts.

But how can we make our dreams come true without telling others? How can we find the support we need to get to our dreams if we don't let people know?

When I started this blog, the scary part wasn't putting myself out into the unknown anonymous cyber world. The scary part was telling people I know, those closest to me, the people in my life whose opinions I treasure the most. I don't really mind if a stranger doesn't agree or believe in what I'm writing about. But if my best friend or boyfriend doesn't appreciate my work, that's another story.

I think that finding the courage to live your dream is like that too. It's about making yourself vulnerable, and trusting both yourself and those around you enough to do so. It's hard and it's scary. And it involves a certain amount of risk. But it's all SO GOOD too. 

I encourage you to start talking about your dreams and your plans. Start saying thing out loud to people around you. The more you do it, the easier it gets. And the more real it becomes. People might think you're being frivolous at first, but eventually, they'll either accept and even embrace it, or will simply go away. I think you want to realize sooner rather than later the ones that will go away, the ones that, for some reason, either cannot or will not support you in your endeavors. It is so valuable to recognize these people early on in your journey, and to know that it's not you, it's them.

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