Dare to

When I was 21 years old I built up the courage to pack my bags, buy an airplane ticket, and take off to a country I had never been to before, where they speak a language that I did not speak, and did it entirely by myself. I remember nights before leaving I was so nervous, I could barely sleep, and my stomach would hurt just thinking about what I was going to do. I felt like I regretted ever buying the airplane ticket, and considered not leaving so many times. I nearly let fear stop me from making a decision that today I consider one of the best ones of my life: studying abroad in Italy.

The months I spent in Italy have been some of the greatest of my entire life. I grew in so many aspects, and did things I wasn’t even aware I was capable of achieving. I learned a different culture, cuisine, language, and traveled to other countries throughout Europe creating life-long memories and friendships that I will always cherish. Although the anticipation before leaving to Italy was scary, the only decision I would’ve truly regretted would’ve been to let fear stop me.

Fear is one of our greatest enemies. It can stop us from accomplishing our dreams and goals, and can keep us from some of our best memories and experiences. Think about everything we fear that stops us from growing and evolving: fear of letting go, fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of not being accepted, fear of losing people, and honestly this list could go on forever. Fear is inevitable, but we shouldn’t let it get in the way of what we want to do and who we want to be. How many opportunities do we miss by avoiding the things we are afraid of doing? We could be missing out on life-changing experiences, friendships, jobs, and so many other things that we will never really know about because we are too afraid. We don’t really lose by taking chances and having the courage to do the things we desire.  Whether they turn out good or bad, they will always be either lessons or blessings.  We don’t want to live with what if’s, should haves, or regrets of not doing what we wanted to.

So with that I ask you, what is fear stopping you from achieving and becoming? Is it getting in the way of your biggest accomplishments? Think about what has been on your mind and in your heart recently and just go for it. Pursue the career that you’re passionate about, but are putting off because it’s too risky to follow, apply to the job you feel you may not be qualified for, let go of relationships that are toxic, express your feelings to people you’re afraid to get rejected by, and step into the unknown with courage and confidence. Don’t let fear stop you because just like I almost was, you too could be one decision away from the greatest moments of your life.

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Cuando tenía 21 años tuve el valor de empacar mis maletas, comprar un boleto de avión, eh irme a un país en el cual nunca había estado, en donde hablan un idioma que yo no hablaba, y lo hice completamente sola. Recuerdo que días antes de irme estaba tan nerviosa, casi no dormía, y se me revolvía el estómago de solo pensar en lo que iba a hacer. Sentía que me arrepentía de haber comprado mi vuelo, y fueron tantas las veces que consideré no ir. Por poco dejaba que el miedo me impidiera lo que hoy considero una de las mejores decisiones que he tomado en toda mi vida: irme a estudiar a Italia.

Los meses que paseé en Italia han sido de los más increíbles que he tenido en toda mi vida. Crecí en tantos aspectos, eh hice cosas de las cuales no me creía capaz de lograr. Aprendí una nueva cultura, cocina, idioma, y viajé a países por Europa creando memorias y amistades de toda la vida que apreciaré para siempre.  Aunque los nervios antes de irme a Italia eran muchos, la única decisión de la cual en realidad me hubiera arrepentido, hubiera sido el dejar que el miedo me impidiera ir.

El miedo es uno de nuestros enemigos más grandes. Puede detenernos en cumplir nuestros sueños y metas, y nos puede privar de nuestros mejores recuerdos y experiencias. Piensa en todos los miedos que tenemos que nos impiden crecer y evolucionar: miedo a lo desconocido, miedo al fracaso, miedo de no ser aceptados, miedo de perder a personas, y honestamente la lista puede seguir para siempre. El miedo es inevitable, pero no debemos dejar que nos detenga de conseguir lo que queremos y quien queremos ser. ¿Cuantas oportunidades perdemos por evitar las cosas que nos dan miedo? Podemos perdernos de experiencias que cambien nuestras vidas para siempre, amistades, trabajos, y muchas otras cosas de las cuales no vamos a saber por el miedo. Realmente no perdemos nada en arriesgarnos y tener valor de hacer las cosas que deseamos.  Si salen bien o mal, siempre serán lecciones o bendiciones. No queremos vivir con “hubieras” o arrepentimientos por las cosas que queríamos hacer y no hicimos.

¿A donde te está impidiendo el temor llegar? Te está privando de logros y éxitos? Ponte a pensar en eso que has tenido en tu mente y en tu corazón y hazlo, no te detengas. Emprende la carrera que te apasiona por más riesgosa que sea, aplica al trabajo para el cual temes el no estar lo suficientemente calificado, dejar ir relaciones toxicas, expresa lo que sientes a personas a las cuales quizá temas te rechacen y da ese paso hacia lo desconocido con valentía y confianza. Do dejes que el miedo te detenga, porque así como yo casi lo estaba, tú también puedes estar a una decisión de los mejores momentos de tu vida.

 

28 thoughts on “Dare to

  1. What an amazing story! It’s very inspiring Cindy. If you don’t go after what you want you will never have it, eres una guerrera nunca te des por vencida. Keep writing…you’re blessing the world❤️

    1. Diana I am seriously almost speechless with this comment! Thank you!!! You have no idea how much your weirds inspire and motivate me! I will continue to write in hopes that each experience I share helps/touches somebody! Truly appreciate you 😀

  2. Hola Cindy, cada una de tus palabras son una inspiracion para muchos. Tú pasión y dedicación de tú vida dan el arranqué de seguir motivando a muchas personas. Gracias. Y siempre sigue palante, y que dios ilumine tu caminó por siempre!

  3. Wow, honestly reading your blog has made me think of all the things I would love to do do but i will admit to being scared of traveling out of the country for long period. Scared because of job and family and friends i guess. But like you said the list could go on and on. For you to find the courage to just buy that plane ticket. Un aplauso!

    1. Thank you so much Luis!!! Just remember that fear should never be the reason you do not do something! It will take a lot of courage, but if you want something, GO FOR IT AND DO IT!!!

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