Henry David Thoreau
I love this quote. When I read it somewhere (can't remember where), I couldn't help but think that it's the perfect quote for me for this year.
Because I worry. Really. Fear starts to creep into every aspect of my life because this year is the year that I have to back everything I've said with actions.
Even though this is an exciting prospect, there's a part of me that's asking me one big question: What if I fail?
What if I query my book and can't find a single agent that likes it?
What if no one wants to give me a chance to perform.
On and on and on.
My fear of failure is almost enough to keep my right where I am. Thinking about the future and wishing for opportunities, but too afraid to go looking for them.
But Mr. Thoreau's quote helped me to realize that there's an aspect to living in the present beyond getting over worry and letting go of your past.
Living in the present is about deciding what you want to do in the future and actively going after it with everything you have. It's about finding a dream that's so important to you that there isn't a single setback that will make you stop going after it.
It's about challenging yourself to live the life you want, knowing that one day, you will be old and have to look back on your life. What do you want to say? That you got by with what you had? Or that you lived your life to the fullest and used what you had to achieve more than others expected you to? More than you even expected of yourself?
So that's what I'm going to do this year. I'm going to launch myself on every wave and find my future in everything I do right now. Because I'm going to learn everything I can in this life before I go to the next one.
What about you? Are you preparing to launch yourself against something you fear?