Go For It! Don't wait!
A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault. John Henry Newman
I started this blog in May 2010 when I was feeling a little lonely. I started this blog when I felt I wanted to reach out to others in the same position as me. I also started this blog to indulge my love of writing.
When I put the blog out there, a friend commented that she thought I was brave to do it. She felt that she would not be able to write well enough to share her experiences with the world. I knew exactly what she meant. I felt just the same. However, I remembered John Henry Newman's quote above and decided I would go ahead with my plan. I love quotes and before sharing them regularly on my Facebook page, I collected them in a journal. These wise words have stayed with me and so, I decided, that even if my writing didn't appeal to everyone, I would forge ahead.
Naturally, as is the human condition, it is inevitable that some people will find fault. However, I think that no matter what we choose to do in life there will always be people who support us and people who don't, people who agree with us and people who disagree. That's just life and the way it is. I know that now and I can accept that now. But I didn't always feel this way. I didn't always 'know' this. Just one person finding fault would have sent me on a downward spiral. A bad comment would have confirmed to me how terrible I really was.
As a forty something first time mum of a now five year old boy, I have done most things later in life than many of my peers. I was in my thirties when I got married, late thirties when I learned to drive, thirty nine when I set up a small petminding business, almost forty when I learned to swim, forty one when I bought a house, forty four when I took up my yoga and blogging lifestyle and almost forty two when I became a parent!
I used to put things off through lack of confidence and a belief that I wouldn't be able to cope like other people. I used to worry that people would find fault with whatever I did. I even put off motherhood through fear and lack of self esteem and self worth. Luckily for me, I woke up and got on with all the above things before it really did get too late.
I learned that you cannot wait until you can do it so well that nobody could find fault. I learned that there will always be people like this and they should not hold the key to your happiness.. So I urge you, no matter what age you are, what stage of life you're at, what dream you hold dear, what you want to achieve, GO FOR IT and DON'T WAIT!