It’s Time To Start, Even If You’re Scared
I’m writing this piece feeling very nervous. It’s my first time writing on Medium and I honestly don’t know what to expect.
As someone who lurks on Medium and reads all the amazing content that’s sent to my inbox every day, I’ve started to fall in love with the idea that anyone can share their thoughts.
I’ve been reading some amazing pieces and have always been attracted to how some authors can write so skillfully. Even on topics like politics, economics and gender, I can feel the emotions behind each and every word.
Seeing everyone share their story made me want to do the same. I wanted to put my thoughts out there for people to see. I wanted to spend the time researching my topic so I knew what I was talking about.
But every time I reached for the “Write a story” link, I got cold feet and never followed through.
I’m not going to lie, I am a bit worried about what other people will think. This isn’t going to be the first time someone’s written an introductory post! I’m afraid of what I’m going to see.
I’m afraid of getting torn apart by comments. I’m afraid of writing a story that I can’t be proud of. I’m afraid of writing but never being good enough to get notice.
I wasn’t brave enough to share my thoughts with others, so I never followed through. I continued lurking but not contributing.
But with each article I read, a conflicting feeling began to grow within me. I wanted to write but was too scared to say anything.
It’s my dream to become a public speaker who is capable of teaching others how to speak. I also dream about being able to help others learn or understand different topics and occasionally points-of-view.
I can’t do that if I’m afraid to share my thoughts and have other people look at them.
I’m scared that people will react negatively to what I write for Medium. I’m scared that people will not enjoy what I write. I’m scared that no one is going to read what I write.
But what I’m even more afraid of is not doing anything.
I don’t want to be someone who keeps absorbing content but never takes any action. I may not be able to speak on Medium, but I can still write and share my stories.
I’ve been inspired by many of the writers that I have seen on Medium. I want to be just like them, because I feel that they are changing the lives of many people.
That’s not going to happen if I just sit and not write anything. Yes, you can argue that bad writing is worse than no writing. But I feel differently.
Bad writing is terrible and I will do my best to avoid it. But at least it can be improved upon with time.
What’s worse in my eyes is telling myself that I am going to write, that I am going to do something but never doing anything.
As fearful as I am about all the negativity and rejection I could face, I’m even more scared of wasting my time and not doing anything.
I want to change the world with my words. I want to help people change their lives for the better.
That won’t happen if I’m too scared to do anything.
Even as I finish writing this story, I’m still scared. I don’t know what is going to happen or if I’m wasting my time.
But I’d like to start off by encouraging anyone who reads this.
I’ve told you how scared I am about all the possibilities I could face the moment I publish this. That won’t stop me from publishing this article anyway.
It can be scary to put yourself out there or try something new. Even though there may be nothing to lose, it certainly feels as if you have everything to lose.
But if you believe that certain actions and tasks can get you closer to your dreams, there’s no time like the present to start doing them.
It’s not fun to sit in a chair and imagine yourself in a position of success, yet realize that day-by-day, you’re not doing anything to get you closer to your goal.
Change is scary, and doing something you’re not used to isn’t going to be fun or easy. But rather than dream about where you want to be, why not take the actions that are going to get you there?
It’s not going to be a smooth ride. There will be ups and downs. It’s better to face that now than to never face a challenge at all.
When you have the experience of trying, that’s when you can set yourself up to do what you really want.
If you’ve been thinking about doing something but never went through with it, I suggest giving it a try.
You never know where it could take you, and it brings you one step closer to your actual goals.
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