I have too much experience in my life not to be fearless. I realize this is the antithesis of what I usually write about, but hear me out. Failing in our pursuit of greatness is a way to learn and grow continually. I know that success comes from trial and error, but I also know that with each setback comes a feeling of frustration, and thoughts of quitting are not far behind. The idea that we should pursue all opportunities with the belief that they will turn out great every single time is misleading. With each disappointment, our fearlessness dwindles a bit. We go into new situations with trepidation and wariness because we've learned to approach the unknown cautiously.
The knowledge we gain through past circumstances helps guide us and allows us to make better decisions. As a result, we don't jump into the fray as quickly. Instead, we take our time and get to know the lay of the land. There's a difference between pursuing an objective with daring or being armed with as much information as possible. Our chances for a better outcome, whether it's a promotion, job opportunity, or meeting a potential significant other, lie with keeping an open mind and perspective. We will do a better service to ourselves if we don't let the past color our outlook negatively.
Dating is tough. Heartbreak is inevitable, and the belief that we'll never find someone increases with each failed relationship. The same goes for not getting the dream job or promotion. But, funny enough, looking back, we can see how we dodged a bullet in many cases. The person who broke it off was not the right one for us. Not getting the dream job led us to a better, more fulfilling career. These reversals of events became the catalyst for a more promising future.
We don't always get what we want or wish for, but we've learned through the years to relax and know that, eventually, our hard work pays off in ways we didn't imagine. We take a different course of action or turn in a new direction that opens up a whole world of possibilities, which is why we should never give up on ourselves. If we're lucky, we get to write and rewrite several chapters in our book of life. We can witness the highs and lows and realize that every step has brought us to where we are now.
Another year is drawing to an end, but it's all an illusion. Time has no meaning except what we give it. If you see every day as another chance to learn and help someone believe in themselves, your life has a whole new meaning. The day and time don't matter. Use the experience you've gained in guiding others and, with constructive criticism, solve problems with compassion and empathy.
Our young, fearless selves have evolved into being more conscientious, which we should celebrate. However, remember that a bit of courage and bravery must remain in all of us. So let's stay open to finding dragons to slay and climbing the mountain to keep us sharp and always learning.