Editors Note: In spirt of my friend Torre’s book launch – I’ve decided to share a litte bit about fear.
I’m on a plane to New York City, about to start the job of my dreams.
I’m ecstatic. Yet I’m scared.
Will my coworkers like me? Will I get swallowed whole by the city that never sleeps? Will things go as I planned?
Seven years ago, I lost my best friend. A jet ski accident took his life. It’s a day I will never forget.
Why did this happen? How will I go on?
Six years ago, I boarded a flight to Shanghai China after spending the majority of my young life growing up in Texas.
Will I make any friends? How will I learn the language? What about the food… does it taste bad?
Eight years ago I ran cross country. After pushing through some minor soreness over several weeks, my legs gave out and I collapsed to the floor.
Unable to move my legs voluntarily, I was essentially paralyzed from the waste down for what was the longest two weeks of my life.
Will I be able to walk again? Will I ever be able to run? How will this impact the rest of my life?
The darkest moments produce the brightest light.
In my short time here on earth, I’ve traveled to the highest peaks and the lowest of lows.
I’ve been too scared to sleep, and often felt as if I was the only person in the world.
But you. Me. We aren’t alone.
Your current fears mean nothing when faced in the moment. Your worries today will all but be forgotten ten years from now.
It’s often hard to see the big picture, especially when you forgot that life is a marathon and not a sprint.
Rejected by that cute girl? Big deal.
Bomb the most important job interview in the world? There will be more.
Feel like you’ve amounted to nothing? Success is behind the next door.
I’ve traveled the world, I’ve made friends from all over the globe, and I have a close network of people who want nothing more than for me to succeed and live a happy life.
I’ve also faced tremendous challenges. I’ve moved across the world, I’ve lost a best friend, and I’ve thrown pity parties that rival the best of them.
As I reflect on my up coming journey in New York City, I can’t help but smile at the adventures that lie ahead. I’m certain there will be bumps in the road, but I couldn’t be more excited for what’s in store.
You may feel paralyzed by the fears you face today, but I assure you tomorrow you’ll be that much stronger.
Leave your fears behind.