It’s time for Five Minute Friday link up again! The rules, as usual, are that you write for five minutes with no editing. Today’s prompt is “Try.” Here we go.
“You have nothing to lose and everything to gain by trying.” (My beloved Mama D quoted this to me countless times during my college years; the original author is unknown to me.)
I used to be afraid to try. (Sometimes I still am…)
A fear of failure, of not meeting some preconceived standard stopped me from doing things I was curious about, thing that were necessary, or things I’d never done before.
Last year, I flew on an airplane for the first time after ears of telling myself—and others—that “Ticcoa doesn’t fly?” Why? Because I was afraid. I let my fears of disaster and apprehension of the unknown keep my feet planted firmly on the ground.
Nearly one-and-a-half years later, I’ve now flown almost a dozen times.
And guess what?
I love flying, actually.
(I still hate airports and the process of boarding the plane, but who loves that?)
And so, today’s prompt got me thinking—How often do we tell ourselves we can’t do something and allow that untruth to shape our lives? How often are we missing out on an entirely new and thrilling adventure because we aren’t willing to try?