The Fear of the UnknownLeave a Comment
Do you ever feel like you want to make a change in your life or do something new and when it gets down to doing it you lose momentum and give up?
Too often is this the case for me.
I wonder how things would change if you, instead of just imagining what life would be like if you did that thing you have always wanted to try, just did it.
This is how I picture it:
Imagine you are walking along and someone comes up to you and holds out a case of money with a million dollars in it and says, “if you jump off that cliff into the water below it, this is all yours.” “Sure!” you say with enthusiasm. I mean, c’mon, it’s a million bucks! So as you’re walking up the cliff you are psyching yourself up and thinking of all the things you could do with that money, where you’ll go, the things you’ll see, etc. “The cliff,” you say to yourself, “really isn’t that high.”
Finally when you get to the edge of the cliff, thoughts start flooding your mind. “Well, what if there is a rock at the bottom. This cliff is higher than it looked. Do I really need the money that bad?” You psych yourself out and walk back down, safely to the ground.
The point is, you won’t ever know unless you take that step and jump in. Who knows, for all that matters, the water below could be nice a deep and safe as can be. It’s the fear of the unknown that prevents us from doing what we want to do.
So how do we get past that?
I think the answer is to not think. Just start doing what you want to do as soon as you think to do it (just so long as it’s nothing that will physically or mentally harm you or your family).
I worry about getting to the end of my life and not having really lived. It’s for certain that when I get to the end of my life I will have raised my children and provided a comfortable life for my family. I just don’t want to spend my whole life confined to 4 walls and a computer to do it.