"B" is for Being Bold
Being. Sounds so simple. It's just what we do by being who we are. Simple? No so much. There's so much pressure around us to BE something we're not, to conform to a standard set by "the powers that BE". What to do?
Stand up to the fear of rejection, the fear of failure, the fear of "what if no one likes what I do, gets what I do, relates to what I do". And just BE.
Be BOLD. Boldness isn't easy. In fact it's down right frightening. Little steps, that's all it takes. Do something every day that scares you. Talk to the clerk at the grocery store, take a different route to work, dye your hair; quit your job, join the Peace Corp, become a literacy volunteer.
Whatever you do, remember who you are. Not in a trite or esoteric kind of way. Seriously. Who were you when the world was new and everything was an adventure? Who were you when people's opinions didn't matter and you ran freely through the wet dirt barefoot without caring who saw you?
Remember the shy teenager that sat in your seat in junior high? Remember the awkward sixteen year old who wanted so desperately to be popular? Who were you then? Who did you feel like you had to hide?
No reason to hide now. Step out.
And write on!
PS: A big HELLO to my new followers and all those stopping over from the A-Z Challenge. Have a great weekend! ~Jen