I was reading Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss recently. When the character tries the green eggs and ham at the end it reminded me that we can often be afraid to try new things. It is normal to be afraid when trying new things but don’t let your fear stop you. I have often been afraid to try new things. I don’t want to be bad at things so I stop trying maybe sooner than I should. A little while ago, I was having a conversation with Dan and I said I’m not good at anything. He said, “No, you just don’t want to be bad at things. Everyone’s bad at things when they first try them.” I sometimes feel like I am not naturally good at anything but I guess I’m a good writer. Maybe. Probably.
I am often afraid to try new things. I get nervous trying new recipes. I used to get nervous meeting new people but I’ve gotten a lot more used to it now because M.J. is such an extrovert. If you put yourself out of your comfort zone enough it becomes less scary. When I first started talking to moms at mom groups or story time I was so nervous. I thought, What if they don’t like me? What if they think I’m not a good mom? But most moms want to make other friends. I have made a lot of friends by putting myself outside of my comfort zone.
I also recently started writing poetry. I have no idea what I’m doing. I just think, hey, this sounds like a good poem. But I also wonder if people will think it’s not good. I might care too much what people think about me. Often, when I write a blog post I’ll ask Dan if it’s good or not. He often says it is (and he points out any typos or anything I should edit) but I still need to work on my self-confidence. I think I am a good writer, but then I think, what if I’m not? I was afraid to write about my OCD on my blog but I did it. That is something that might not ever get easier to do but I am going to continue doing it. I posted a video of myself on Instagram and Facebook which is very outside of my comfort zone. It can be hard to do things outside of your comfort zone but you will be glad you did. And a lot of things get easier if you keep doing them. Don’t be afraid to try new things.
Try something new
It’s okay to be scared
Don’t let fear stop you
From doing what you dare