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.
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.
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.
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.
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?