When I read this quote by the English writer, G.K. Chesterton, I got so inspired by it, I had to write my thoughts on it, and more importantly, share my experience.
Life is a summary of decisions, some might be good, some might be wrong, but in any case whatever we do, we must take action. Deciding not to do something when faced with an important or even a trivial choice, brings about more consequences (sometimes fatal or regrettable).
Regret has to be the number one problem I had personally faced. Let me tell you, it's an ugly feeling and it takes time to get used to it. By making bold moves(for example writing right now) and facing the other side of the coin, failure, the feeling fades away. Not having certainty of what is in store in the future sometimes is better than not taking action. Even if a selection we make isn't the best, or the results aren't what we hope for. Just acting with braveness can makes us feel empowered and free. In some cases it can even change ones life forever.
If I hadn't make the move from my birth country, Colombia to The United States Of America, I would have denied myself the opportunity to discover a new world. In plain site, I had everything I needed: I had family, friends ,a fiancé, a nice place to live, and a new job opportunity; most importantly I had options, Staying or leaving everything that brought comfort to my life. To stay would have been the obvious choice, but it would had left me feeling the dreaded regret.
Before determining to take the leap to abandon my past life, my friends and I went to a picturesque tea house, which was close by to our college, to enjoy delicious treats and a big assortment of teas. While debating about life decisions and my take it or leave it life changing chance(which had me on no sleep and feeling stomach butterflies at all times), one of my friends said to me "Carolina, if you are afraid of being alone, the only way to overcome the fear is by facing it. Don't stay to please others, but don't leave if it's not what you really want to do". Those wise words were the ignition I needed to take the risk, because living in New York City had always been my dream, ever since I was a little girl.
Booking the flight had me on edge with expectations. With a big heartache from leaving my loved ones and my comfort zone, I took off to the unknown and I can attest that not having regrets anymore is the greatest feeling!
Who would have thought that I would meet the love of my life here in my beloved New York City? I am also extremely blessed with my amazing son and a wonderful family.
As guarded as I am on sharing my thoughts and feelings and having only a few friends, while having a conversation with a good friend of mine, during a tough time after loosing a job opportunity, I shared what I truly love and like with her and she gave me the advice an the support to just start(writing through this blog).I decided to listen to her. This is my self imposed assignment. I am doing it because I don't want regretting not following my heart and using my creativity. But the biggest reason why I took the plunge and got started, is because like the writer G.K Chesterton said in his famous quote "When a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly".
What do you think about that famous quote?
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