* WINTH (Words I Need to Hear) is a series of inspirational thoughts and reflections. A mini-personal manifesto of sorts. My hope is that it will inspire us to get out and live our best life, to be intentionally awesome. Most of all, it’s what I need to hear. A reminder to myself to give it my all. *
Thirty years ago I did not know how to walk or talk. Twenty five years ago I could not read or write. Seventeen years ago I had no idea how to drive a car.
I like to think of this list when the fear of not knowing overwhelms. When the terror of trying something new, of making mistakes, of possible failure looms large.
It seems we reach a certain age and suddenly forget what it is to try and fail to the point of success. We grow and become so concerned with perfection we stop trying all together.
But imagine what could happen if we returned to that youthful sense of possibility. Back when we didn’t stress about looking foolish; we just fell over and got back up. We didn’t make a list outlining the pros and cons; we just babbled nonsensical words until we could construct a sentence. We didn’t sit around worrying about it, we just got busy doing it.
No matter the age your dream is possible. It will be beautiful, exciting and magical. It will be challenging, frustrating and mistake-laden. But most of all it will be worth it.
So let’s start adding to that list of things we once upon a time could not do. Let’s forget about perfection. Release the fear and embrace the discomfort. Get busy with the doing.
I’m feeling both terrified and excited to for the viewing. Generally giddy anticipation, with a dose of jittery vulnerability.
It’s scary to put your heart into something and then open it up to a room full of strangers (or friends that hadn’t met yet, as Jack would say). Hopefully, some people will like, inevitably others will not. But the scariest, saddest thing is to let that fear stop us all together. I’d rather give it a go and fail than never try at all. I’d rather jump in and stumble than stay comfortably cocooned and miss out on all the adventure life has to offer.
I feel confident of that right now. Am sure I’ll need a reminder of it on Saturday night when I stand frozen in fear as we announce the film. But if I’ve learned nothing else this past year and half, it’s that fear doesn’t need to stop us. Every amazing person I’ve met along the way has fear. But they don’t let that stop them.
Or as Ambrose Redmoon said “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”
And if any of you are in the Asheville, North Carolina area, I’d love to see out there. Tickets are still available and you can even come just for one day if that works best for you.
Mallory & Baylor