I was thinking recently about the path I’m on, and how bloody difficult it is sometimes.
How hard it can be to stay motivated and get things done – especially if it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere.
And then it struck me…
This is the path I’ve chosen.
I chose to go down this route.
I didn’t want to take the easy path!
The easy path (for me) would be:
Getting a stable job in an office, sticking to things I know how to do, and keeping within the limits of my comfort zone.
Going to places I feel comfortable in, and having a job with benefits.
It would be easier - for sure!
Fewer doubts... less stress and uncertainty… and I’d definitely feel more in control of things.
(And there’s nothing wrong with that.)
But the thing is: I know I need more than this.
I know I need to push myself, keep learning, and put myself in situations where I’m not 100% comfortable.
It’s part of who I am.
And maybe you’re the same.
So the thing that struck me – as I was wondering “Why the hell do I put myself through this?!” – is that this is the path I’ve decided to be on.
I didn’t choose the easy path.
I didn’t choose the comfortable path, where I know what I’m doing 100% of the time.
No, I chose the path that isn’t always going to be easy.
The path that sometimes makes me question it all.
Why did I do this?!
Well, probably the same reasons as you:
- Because I want to get as much as I can out of life
- Because I’m excited to see what I can accomplish
- Because I don’t believe that easy is always better
- And because the rewards, at the end of the day, are so much greater…
That - to me - is what it’s all about :)
So if it's not as easy as you thought it would be, know that that's okay.
You didn't opt for easy.
You opted for amazing, life-changing, and growing stronger every day :)
What option are you pushing forward with?
Claire, I was asking myself this same question yesterday after I got some negative feedback from readers on my newbie blog. (And goodness, NO, that sentence wasn't an attempt to get anyone to visit my fledgling website.) I'm kind of overly sensitive to start with, so publicly blogging is definitely OUTSIDE OF MY COMFORT ZONE. But like you said, I didn't opt for easy. I opted for growing stronger every day. Thank you so much for the uplifting words!
Priscilla - I'm sorry to hear about the negative feedback, especially on a new blog - that's always hard to take. (On the positive side, you're obviously sparking conversation!) Good for you for getting out of your comfort zone - I applaud you for handling the negative comments and keeping going with your blog. Many other people would let it stop them, which is a real shame. If your project/blog feels right to you, don't let a few comments (or opinions) put you off. I just looked at your blog and you have TONS of fantastic comments as well - so I hope you know which ones to pay attention to ;) Keep growing stronger - you're definitely on the right path! Claire
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