I saw this quote the other day and it struck something deep within me.Most of my life I hid beneath the cover of shyness.
Looking back I realize that the truth is that I was afraid. Fear was the paralytic that held me in place – halting forward progress.
Realizing this, and looking back over my life, it makes me sad. There are gifts that I was blessed with that I didn’t share because of this fear. Opportunities were missed because of the lies fear whispered to me.The few times I was able to rise above the fear a powerful joy to take its place.
And then, one day, I made the choice to become a nurse.There is no room in nursing for the kind of fear that had filled my life up to that point.
In order to succeed at my dream I HAD to step outside of what I knew, outside my habits and what was comfortable, and be - *GULP* - uncomfortable.An amazing thing happened when I chose to be uncomfortable – my definition of “uncomfortable” began to shift. The very act of doing something that made me uncomfortable allowed me to *become* comfortable doing it!
This phenomenon continued as I progressed through my nursing courses, after graduation and on into my personal life. What I define as my “comfort level” changes each day. I have stepped so far beyond the boundaries that previously held me in check that I can’t even see that place from where I stand today.I still have fears – old habits die hard. Every day I struggle with choosing the uncomfortable over that which is familiar and “safe”. That voice of doubt still whispers in my ear: “What if you fail?” “What if you totally suck at this?” “What if they laugh at you?”
What if it’s AMAZING? What if *I* am AMAZING?!…go away fear…I am going to try “uncomfortable” today!