Why you need to do The Thing you need to do

You know The Thing. The Thing you day dream about, fantasize about and secretly wish for.

The Thing you are afraid to say out loud.

You need to do it.

Now listen up: We’re All Scared.

We are all afraid of putting ourselves out there, of starting something new, of expressing ourselves truthfully. We are all afraid of judgement and rejection and ridicule.

And selfishly, that is why I need you to do The Thing you need to do, like, now.

Because I need to live in a world where it is okay to try things.

I need to live in a world where showing up is celebrated.

I need to live in a world where success is measured by the passion and sincerity in ones heart.

I need to live in a world that applauds that.

I also need you to do Your Thing so I can do My Thing.

I need you to tell me about your process and I can tell you about mine. And we can laugh about our insecurities and woop it up over our failures because we know that Doing Our Thing is all we are really here for and that every time we try something and fail we are one step closer to The Actual Thing we are here to do which is all part of the crazy, beautiful process.

Start before you're ready

Before we dreamed of long-term travel and before I started my blog I tried to start a local magazine in my home city. I was going to be the over-seer, my journalist friend was going to be the writer and Tyrhone was going to be the designer.

It was going to be a free print magazine.

Print.

We designed covers, priced printing and projected advertising figures.

I thought it might be My Thing.

It wasn’t, but it passed the time until The Next Thing.

Selling it all to travel the world indefinitely and write about it seemed even crazier than a print magazine.

Ask anyone who has ever created a blog or a book or a project of sincerity hitched onto a crazy dream and I guarantee they will tell you that their hands shook and their knees knocked and their mouth turned into the Namibian desert the moment they sent their baby into the world to be rejected or accepted.

Because we do not yet live in a world where ‘trying’ is celebrated past the fifth grade. We do not yet live in a world which measures success in the amount of fear you had to overcome.

We do not yet live in a world in which people are honest about how little faith they really have in themselves because they think they are not talented/special/unique/intelligent enough.

Not Yet.

But soon.

Because as each of us show up and do The thing we need to do, we shine a little brighter. Our eyes clear and our heart opens and we feel a little more peace in our souls.

And even if we ‘fail’ in the eyes of those who measure success by numbers instead of guided, passion-filled moments, we have created proof that trying and failing does not kill us, but merely leads us to The Next Thing we need to do.

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So please, be honest with yourself about The Thing. I know you have one. Everyone does.

It doesn’t have to be A Big Thing and it could simply be The Next Thing.

Your head will tell you Your Thing is silly or unimportant or unoriginal, because you have been conditioned to play small. But Your Thing will find a way into the world with or without you, because it is bigger than you.

It is The Thing which creates worlds and if you do not allow it into being it will find someone who will.

So why not you?

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Why you need to do The Thing you need to do — 19 Comments

  1. Absolutely!!! Do the thing! I love this encouraging, affirming, prompting post! We all have fear. We live with it, eat with it, sleep with it. It’s high time we started showing up and, in doing so, give the rest of the world permission to do the same! I love this right here: “Because we do not yet live in a world where trying is celebrated past the fifth grade..” Wow. So true.
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    • Thank you!!! Yes, I think we need to re-define success by some different parameters, such as doing the thing which calls to us from our soul. And you are doing it!!!!!! I AM PROUD OF YOU!! XXX

  2. “Ask anyone who has ever created a blog or a book or a project of sincerity hitched onto a crazy dream and I guarantee they will tell you that their hands shook and their knees knocked and their mouth turned into the Namibian desert the moment they sent their baby into the world to be rejected or accepted.” Yes! Yes! Yes!
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  3. “..who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” T. Roosevelt

    • Indeed! Doing what you are called to do isn’t easy and it goes against much of what our culture promotes, but it is fulfilling in a way that the staus quo is not. I wish you every blessing as you do your thing Michelle! You have so much to offer! xxx

  4. Yes! Yes! Yes! There is so much truth and fire here. Do the thing! Just do it. Thank you for this awesome inspiration! Love, Sala

  5. This is such an honest post. I have definitely been impacted by my fear of rejection and disapproval, worried that people will critique projects or even just opinions. And yet somehow I’ve learned over time that this life is mine, and I need to do my THING. I’ve made decisions and changes that have all fell into place in a way that is perfect for me, and so now I just need to remind myself constantly that it’s okay and necessary for me to do my THING!
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    • Yes! Love this. I think we learn to trust ourselves the more we lean in to the calling of our heart. It never leads us wrong. Keep doing your Thing, sweet Emily! Xxx

  6. So apt for me right now! This must be why I got behind in your entries until today. I got my new domain last night. My Thing will be born soon. :)