A good friend of mine got really mad at me the other day.
She was venting to me about how terribly bored she is these days, and I kind of told her it was her own fault.
I’m not a mean person, I promise. I just thought it was important to tell her the truth.
Because my friend is basically a hermit.
She doesn’t try new things and she doesn’t put herself out there.
And she likes it that way, because it’s safe.
So I told her that she needs to open herself up to the universe.
“Open myself up to the universe??? What kind of Buddha Gandhi BS is that?”
(Yea, I really wasn’t her favorite person that day)
But the point I was trying to make to her is that it’s important to say yes to new experiences…it’s okay to try something a little crazy.
Because it’s so easy to develop a routine.
Go to work.
Go to school.
Go to bed.
Start all over again.
And while there’s nothing wrong with forming a routine that you’re comfortable with, nothing amazing is going to happen to you if you’re alone…locked inside your room…every. day.
Of course you’re going to be bored.
You’re not DOING anything.
All of us twentysomethings…we’re pretty much very new to life.
There are SO MANY THINGS that we’ve never tried before.
So we should go do them.
We should join a club.
We should learn a language.
We should go on an adventure.
And most importantly, we shouldn’t be afraid to say yes to opportunities that come our way.
For example, not too long ago, I was asked to be a guest on the Chelsea Krost radio show. And when I first received the news, I was like, “No way.”
Me??? Do a radio show? I don’t even like the sound of my own voice.
But then I remembered the advice that I give to other people…
So I did it. And it was awesome. And now I can say that I’ve been on a radio show.
The point is this…
If you’re lucky, you’ll be given lots of opportunities in life that are going to scare the crap out of you.
And if you’re smart, you’ll consider taking them…
Because those are the ones that will change your life.
I recently came across an interview of the fabulous Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO.
When asked about her success and about how she got to be where she is today, this was her resopnse:
I always did something that I was a little not ready to do. That’s how you grow. That’s when you have your breakthrough.
So yes, I take on a lot of projects. And yes, I usually have no clue what I’m doing.
But I’m learning and I’m growing and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.
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