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You dream and you dream, and then when the moment comes you’re scared to death.

You’ve always wanted to feel the freedom of a new city in a foreign land; you’ve been madly immersed in that hobby, just waiting to show it to the world; or, you’ve been patiently waiting and hoping for love to come your way. But when that big moment comes – it’s real and it’s tangible – and all of a sudden you can’t breathe. You don’t know if you can do it.

Those are the experiences that you have to strive for. The ones that force you to step outside of what you’ve done in your life up until the here and now. You’re scared because you think you don’t know how to do it, or you’re scared because you’re putting yourself in a vulnerable position. The payoff is great, but the process in getting there is unknown; we naturally fear that which lays beyond our own horizons. We’re also scared because we care. When an event takes place, an experience having to do with our goals and dreams, it can fill us to the brim with fear.

But I’ve never met anyone who regretted pushing through a scary moment. You come out of it bigger and better – with rich experiences and an interesting tale to tell. If you never push through fear, you’ll never move forward.

So move to that new city, publish that book, and for heaven’s sakes, kiss that boy! On a regular basis, do the things that scare you. On the other side of that scary moment, you’ll find a fulfilling life.

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Shelby -March 10, 2012, 9:38AM

This couldn’t have come at a better time! I’m leaving for Italy alone today and I’m excited and terrified and the same time.

littlemoon -March 10, 2012, 10:22AM

Thank you sooo much. I went sober yesterday. This morning has been ridiculously tough, went straight to this blog. Always so many beautiful, inspiring things. :] love you

namaste

Faith -March 10, 2012, 11:00AM

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
― Mark Twain

mish -March 10, 2012, 11:23AM

thats beautiful!

Sage -March 10, 2012, 11:36AM

right now, i’m reading this post, scared to death because i’m leaving for belgium on my first that-far-away-from-home trip. i love how inspiring this is! it’s making me feel better by the second. it also reminds me of that quote– “life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

Jess -March 10, 2012, 11:38AM

by far one of my favorite posts.

Megan -March 10, 2012, 11:55AM

Love this post. In high school I got a tattoo on my ankle that says “dream” so I remember to never give up on them. And I havnt since!

Bailey -March 10, 2012, 2:42PM

I cannot believe how relevant this post is to my life right now. Thank you so much for inspiring me to dream and believe in myself. I truly believe this was a sign!

casey eL koury -March 10, 2012, 6:05PM

a beautiful post!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?…” -Marianne Williamson

canvasofculture -March 10, 2012, 8:17PM

beautiful inspiration. I also love the mark twain quote faith!

Taylor -March 10, 2012, 9:04PM

This is too perfect right now…you read my mind!
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Jasmine -March 11, 2012, 4:48PM

Amen, thank you

Monica -March 12, 2012, 2:28AM

I love love love this post! Such good advice, and totally important to remember. Thanks!

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Tamberine -March 12, 2012, 2:12PM

Absolutely beautiful

Juliana -March 12, 2012, 9:52PM

I really needed this right now. Thank you.

Skyline New York -September 24, 2013, 5:24PM

What a powerful post!

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