I’m sitting here in a large, brown swivel chair on a ferry headed to Belfast watching the rain fall on the ocean outside my window, and I’m confused.
The same thing happened the other night in a small town outside Cardiff, Wales. It was about 11 p.m., and I had just finished dinner at the cutest restaurant in the cutest town I have ever been to. I was sitting outside on a bench looking up at the stars waiting for our taxi, and I was confused.
How did I get here? Why have I been so blessed to be able to do the things I have dreamed of doing? Why me?
I still don’t know the answer to that question. I’m not sure I ever will, and I’m OK with that because I think that question is time wasted.
We get this mindset that we can only accomplish so much, that we only deserve so much. But instead of asking, “Why me?”, I should be asking, “Why not me?”
Why not you?
You’re capable of more than you think. You’re stronger than you realize. I remember when one of my heroes (Jason Russell) put his hand on my shoulder, tears in both of our eyes, and said those words to me. I’ve never gone back since then.
If you want to do something, do it.
If you want to say something, say it.
If you want to go somewhere, go.
There is nothing holding you back except yourself. If you think you’ll never reach your goals and dreams then you most likely won’t.
This is what I have had to realize for myself. I have always wanted to travel. I made it happen. I wanted to start a blog (even though I was really scared to). I did. Once I set my mind to something, I’m committed to make it happen.
Half the battle is deciding you’re going to fight. Don’t sell yourself short. Figure out what you want to do and then make it happen.
Marianne Williamson says it much better than me:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. There are passions God has given us and goals we have made for ourselves. Don’t sell yourself short by either laziness or low self-esteem. If you have a dream, go after it.
So what’s your dream and how can you make it happen?