Today’s Truthful Tuesday post is going to be about Failure. I think it’s something we all worry about happening. We want to be the best at everything in life and I think, we’ve lost touch with what happens when that isn’t possible. Sometimes, we don’t try because we are afraid of failing and because of that, we are left wondering What if?!? So how exactly does one label themselves as a failure? Is failing such a bad thing?
Before I started my own blog, I used to sit around and read countless other blogs and I would think to myself “I could totally do that!” I didn’t though. Instead, I kept reading them and thinking the same thing in my head over and over. One day something just clicked and I finally got the courage to at least try. My problem was that I was too afraid of even trying for fear that I might not make it or that it wouldn’t be any good. It’s crazy to me that I’m coming up on almost 2 years of having my blog. In my eyes, it’s exceed what I ever thought to be possible. I remember one time sitting at Sak’s (for an event) and thinking that I was the luckiest girl in the world. It was a full circle moment for me, personally. The fear of failure pushed me to work harder and to try to become the best that I could be. I look back at that girl who was too afraid to try and I think about how different things might have turned out. Did everything work at 100% perfectly at first? No, but I continued to learn and improve.
Failure is real. I think it means something different to each of us. Sometimes it makes us work harder, sometimes it stops us from even starting in the first place. As I’ve gotten older, that fear of failure is still there, but I know that failure isn’t always such a bad thing. It actually might lead to new opportunities. I’m sure we’ve all “failed” at one point in our lives, but guess what? We’re still here and it wasn’t the end of the world. We learn from every mistake that we make and we move on. Nothing that I’ll ever do will happen without a few bumps along the way. I’m a perfect example of someone who let the possibility of failure stop them from trying something I wanted to do for such a long time. Failure is scary, but it’s not the end of the world. I think that when I finally let go of thinking that I was a failure (or going to be one), is when I truly began to shine.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
― Maya Angelou