This is a very short and sharp Possums post. It’s designed to get you thinking. And (I hope) to share your response. I am sharing mine. Tell me yours. But beware- this might scare you. Do you have the courage to tell the truth? I wonder……
All my life I have been handcuffed by insecurity and self-doubt. I have tried to compensate by being ‘extroverted’ and, to many, I appear confident and strong. But it’s a façade. Just under the surface is a frightened person- of failure, the unknown, risk, ridicule. Seriously. Fear has underpinned most of what I have done, and haven’t done, in my life.
I am a little better at it now. But still got a shock when confronted with this one, very simple question. Incredibly hard to answer, truthfully. But I am giving it a go. Here’s the question.
“What would you do now if you know you could not fail?”
I actually heard that challenge in a pretty bad movie, “New Year’s Eve” I think it was. But it struck me. I wrote it down. Thought about it. What would I do now in my life if I knew I could not fail? I’ll tell you- but first a question for you.
Your challenge: What would you do right now in your life if you knew you could not fail?
Think about it. Honestly. And then share it with all Possums readers. Come on. I dare you to!!
Oh, and what would I do? It sounds really mundane. But truthfully- I’d become a garden designer. Yip- if I had my time again, or could know for sure that if I quit now I could reinvent myself and retain my standard of living etc, I’d become a garden designer. I know in my heart that working on gardens is my happiest time…. I’d love to do that all the time.
So what? Well, I suppose, I can start thinking about how to make that dream come true. Maybe I can start studying part time, or get a part time job working with a garden designer. Make a start. Take a step. I am still young. Plenty of time to change course. But will I do it? Do I have the guts to give it a go? Probably not sadly. I am having too much fun now, and the risk is just too great. BUT, if I knew I could not fail……
What about you?