I had a conversation with an old Facebook friend and fellow photographer yesterday. She talked about things that she wanted to get around to doing someday, but hadn’t really decided on yet. And this got me thinking.
There are many things that we have on our “someday to-do list”. I’ll get around to it one day… maybe when I have more spare time… and countless other excuses we tell ourselves, but then we end up doing nothing because nothing is safe. Nothing is easy.
But no decision IS a decision.
If you do try, one of two things will happen. either you will succeed, or you will fail. 50/50. If you don’t try, only one thing will happen. You will 100% fail. Don’t let the fear of taking a risk prevent you from giving it a go.
No matter what age you are, you probably feel as though something has passed you by. I have a 20 year old son who already feels that he has left his run too late… that he should have been much further on in his aspirations by now. But with each passing day, that amount of “passed you by” just gets larger and larger. Until, like me, you have spent decades not doing what you truly love and spent it telling yourself all the reasons why you were right in putting it off. Only problem is, you end up with far bigger pile of regret than the pile of fear of risk was to begin with.
Decide once and then just do it. Don’t continue to have the “what if” discussion in your head. Once you decide to do something, it’s already been decided. Then it’s simply a matter of… JUST DO IT.
And one of two things will happen. You will fail or you will succeed. But one thing is for sure… you won’t die wondering, and you won’t have to live with the regret of never having given it a go.