Recently, I was reminded about the faith it takes to step out into the world and show ourselves for who we are. Where does it come from? What does it take to get us there? I believe that everyone of us possesses a God-given talent. Whether stacking cheerios in a way that they don’t fall to acting onstage to having enough belief in ourselves to come forward and shout, “Here I am world, do your worst.”
It’s hard to take that first leap, for sure. Are we good enough? Will others appreciate our attempts, or look upon us with disdain? But somehow, someway, something inspires us to get out there and try. Can we fail? Certainly. However, what if you don’t? It’s grit and determination that make us put ourselves out there. The fire that keeps the dreams inside us ignited. We can have them broken down, changed even, yet the kernel of talent we’re meant to have and share with the world will stay with us and expand our horizons.
Don’t be afraid to show who you are. Your talent is unique, individual. No two of us share the same level or abundance. I do know that it becomes a waste though if you don’t attempt to write that first story, step onto that stage, pick up that guitar. If you truly want something, go for it. This is your dream, your time. Reach down inside yourself and find the confidence to bring it to the surface.
Imagine if Einstein hadn’t explored his theory. Cars had never been built, phones used? Yes, writing is a lot different than these inventions but the underlying principle is the same. Somewhere someone picks up a book to read. It could be yours. For one shining moment, you can entertain, touch someone’s life, make their world better. Isn’t that worth all the hours of frustration, worry, and scrambling to pull plotlines together?
So how do you know you’re ready to send out your work? At some point, you have to have enough confidence in what you’ve written to do so. When you can look at your writing and see a growth, when that shy bird is ready to fly again, it’s time. It takes faith to walk across a runway, to give a speech, to grasp another’s hand in a future endeavor. Don’t let fear hold you back. Faith can indeed move mountains. Find it in yourself and you will rise above the clouds.