Side Note: Melissa suggested that I turn my Peek Into My Week posts into a link-up and create a button for you all to use on your blogs. I think it’s a great idea and, if it’s something you guys would like, I’ll definitely get working on it! (I’m not very tech-savvy so it may take a few weeks)
& back to your scheduled programming…
Powerful, right? Arguably one of the most powerful words in the English language.
Without ‘yes’, nothing would ever happen. Nothing would ever change. Nothing would be created. Nothing would be experienced. Life would come to a halt. Saying ‘yes’ is the gateway to opportunity.
Unfortunately, many of us live in a world of ‘no’. We create a reality that feels safe and comfortable and then we’re afraid to break out of it. It makes sense. I mean, if we don’t open ourselves up to the unknown, then we can never get hurt. We feel like we can avoid pain and disappointment by avoiding the unpredictable. And it’s [kind of] true. But then what are we living for?
Saying ‘yes’ is scary, no matter what we’re referring to. It could be taking on an intimidating project, going out with your friends on a Friday night, challenging yourself to a new workout routine, accepting a date offer, anything. We’re presented with opportunities like this every. single. day. and yet, a good percentage of us constantly say ‘no’. We don’t want to mess with comfort.
I don’t want to be one of those people anymore. I have been for months and months and, to be honest, I’m bored. It feels like I’ve been living half-alive. I go through motions and never experience anything new because I’m afraid of the outcome. But really, what is there to be afraid of?
So, I might have an awkward date, a failed project, a night that doesn’t go according to plan, but who cares? In the grand scheme of things, isn’t that worth creating experiences and making memories? Isn’t the possibility of a good outcome worth having a few bad ones?
Now, I’m not saying to go all Yes, Man on me and make ridiculous, unpractical decisions just for the sake of saying ‘yes’. That’s not my point at all. My point is that we all should challenge ourselves to say ‘yes’ more often- even when it feels uncomfortable. We should go out, make new friends, expose ourselves to new opportunities, take on daunting tasks, push ourselves, or- if it’s scary- merely stop and take a day off. Let’s do whatever it is we’ve been saying ‘no’ to. Let’s see what we’re capable of.