Quote of the Week: Fear

Quote of the Week: November 12, 2012

Happy Monday, all!

This one goes out to my older brother, Rick (though I lovingly all him Taka - it's a Japanese thing.) He was the first person that I can remember really showing me what fun was and how to use my imagination. (He also taught me, as a child, how to play football, hit a ball out of the yard, and shoot a basket...and we wonder why I have a penchant for video games and jeans over dresses.) Hm. Maybe he wanted a little brother. He also drew a unibrow on my favorite Barbie with a permanent marker...So, yeah. Brothers.

But I digress...

He inspired me to create (he's a great illustrator and graphic designer with a wild imagination), to be curious, to pull things apart and put them back together again. He gave me a safe haven in which to dream a little dream.

Of course, things happen. We grow up, have failures, forget dreams, get jobs, move across the country. We don't get to have those long sessions in diners waxing the philosophic and daydreaming about our T-shirt line or children's television program. For a while there, I thought we had lost touch, but the fates have recently put us back in more contact again. (Staying in touch over 3000 miles can be difficult when both parties work long hours and have significant others.)

He emailed me last week to proposed a particular opportunity to me and my first reaction was "oh, I'm not where I want to be and don't think I'm good enough to take the opportunity right now. Maybe once I work on my skills."

He quickly told me that I was good enough...he encouraged me with words of kindness and support and it reminded me that a lot of the things I never did in life were all due to self-sabotage. It was always me thinking I wasn't good enough. The anxiety of thinking "I can't do this until I'm in a better place."

So many lost opportunities...and all because of fear.

Well, thanks to my brother, I'm trying to have a better outlook on my opportunities. I'm going to ignore my fear and anxiety for a while and see where life takes me. So, to my brother, thank you for the support and having faith in me. It couldn't have come at a better time.

And to everyone out there who says "maybe next time" out of fear and anxiety, stop it. Take the opportunity. Don't risk saying "what if" later. You're so much more fantastic than you think you are! Now, go have a great week! xo!

Image: Created by Nami M. Scott

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