By Cory McCoy
Would you rather live a life full of regrets and what-ifs, or take a chance? Change is scary, outright terrifying sometimes. However, it is necessary in order to become a fully rounded adult.
You can’t just sit around eating Doritos and chugging Mountain Dew all day and expect your dreams to come true. You may not have to fight for everything worth having in life, but you won’t know if you aren’t at least willing to stand up.
“But Cory, how do I start?” you ask with tears in your eyes and your little heart filled with hope. Or apathy. Who knows? I’m not a doctor. It’s not even your heart really, just a chemical reaction produced by your brain. Yeah, science!
It starts with accountability. You have to be willing to admit that you screwed up, or that you were too scared to even act. If you don’t, you’ll continue feeding yourself the same excuses that caused you to miss the opportunity in the first place.
Now I’m not saying you need to go on safari and fist fight a herd of rabid rhinocerii to fight these fears. There’s a difference between bravery and recklessness.
Start small. Speak up, ask that girl/guy out, start working on something you’re passionate about. That’s what college is for. You don’t have to be another cog in the machine. You’re here to find out what you want in life, and if you don’t even try, you’re wasting everyone’s time.
Go bungee jumping, take a random road trip, go to the ziplines in Palestine or ride the Titan at Six Flags. You don’t have to figure it all out right now, but you really should get in the habit of doing the things that scare you most.
You will undoubtedly fail sometimes, but at least you’ll never have to say that you didn’t try.
Failure is OK. Learn from it. Utilize it and form a better strategy given what you’ve learned.
Rejection and inadequacy suck, but if you never learn to keep swinging, you’re going to feel that way for the rest of your life