It’s been over a year since I originally posted this and it still rings true.
My favorite quote used to be:
Bravery is being the only one who knows you’re afraid. —Franklin P. Jones
Used to be. And although I still love the deep, silent strength of it. And even though I embodied it for a long time. I’m calling bullshit. Yep, that’s right. Bullshit.
I got tired of being the only one that knew I was afraid. I discovered that there are lots of beautiful people around me who are also afraid. And the kicker, you need to see that I am afraid. You need to know that I am afraid and still I push forward. Still taking steps. Every. Day. Afraid.
I’m not sure when the shift happen. There was no white light, no great ah ha moment. It happened gradually over time and it got stronger. I got better at being vulnerable (and let me tell you, THAT was not easy for me). And it’s still a struggle sometimes for me to let people in.
My point, for now anyway, is you are not alone. Whether you are building a business, a family or a rocket ship to the moon. You are not alone in your fear. And for me, the sooner I accepted that and reached out for support, the sooner I began to feel the strength. The strength that can only come from being surrounded by others that want you to succeed.
I quit my job. I’ve never not had a job. A steady paycheck. A j.o.b. But today is the first official day that I move forward with my business without the support of a bridge job and I am terrified. I know I will succeed. I do not doubt that. I’ve done both for two years and it was time. I planned, I prepared and I am ready. But that doesn’t stop the fact that I’m terrified. I don’t want to be brave. I want you to know that you are not alone, that we will continue moving forward together despite the fear. Because together we got this. ♥ —Carolyn
Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you —Bethany Hamilton
And here we are, a year later. We didn’t let fear stop us. We are still going strong. A little bruised but heading into the new year with a renewed vigor. Thank you!