Do what scares you
As I write my thesis, I have these self-doubts. Questions in my head of,
“Who is going to read this?”
“How do I build on the work of so many amazing people who have done this for years?”
“Have I honored and respected all those mentors and peers who have helped me?
“What if my work is insignificant? What if no one cares? What if I’m wrong?
“How do I fit this in what we know, and how do I communicate to people how this matters, and why it’s important?
Then, I came across this quote, today:
You know what breaks me, when someone is visibly excited about a feeling or an idea or a hope or a risk taken, and they tell you about it but preface it with: “Sorry, this is dumb but-.” Don’t do that. I don’t know who came here before me, or who conditioned you to think you had to apologize or feel obtuse. But not here. Dream so big it’s silly. Laugh so hard it’s obnoxious. Love so much it’s impossible. And don’t you ever feel unintelligent. And don’t you ever apologize. And don’t you ever shrink so you can squeeze yourself into small places and small minds. Grow. It’s a big world. You fit. I promise. ~Owen Lindley
Here’s to taking big risks, being true to ourselves, and daring to “dream so big it’s silly.”
Here’s to picking up oneself, even when we don’t want to, we’re tired, we’re exhausted, and we’re scared. Here’s to picking oneself up, despite the fact that it’s going to make people uncomfortable, and that your inner protective self tells you not to because it leaves you vulnerable and open to threat. We do it anyway because we must.