I think, the most barriers or issues that we feel that prevent us from diving into the journey of self growth at a young age is the confusion or the embarrassment that comes along the “what ifs.
“What if someone laughs behind my back if I raise my hand to answer a question? What if I ask a question regarding some basic Physics concepts I did not understand?What if I say No and disappoint someone? What if I take the first step and approach my crush? What if I don’t end up scoring a basket in the interhouse competition? and a few hundred moments that flash right before us, before we decide to not take the leap or save ourselves from the embarrassment that comes along with it.
I remember the first leap that I had to take in order to pursue dance, it honestly haunted me. I was so excited to learn this particular dance form but, *wait for the plot twist*… It took my 2 years to actually put myself out there! Filtering out every voice that wanted to pull me down, the strong ones being my own, overthinking and developing a thousand scenarios that would only bring embarrassment, least realizing that it could also build the road to more self acceptance, joy and wonders I was long wishing to experience.
So if I were brave enough to look foolish, I would have taken a leap, years ago. And neither do I regret it nor do I wish to take it all back because Growth can happen in all shapes and sizes with different narratives but it always makes me wonder on a silent night of all the things that I would have done differently if I felt more confident in being seen as a fool! 🙂