If you’re going to dream, Dream Big!
try something you’re not comfortable doing!Why dream?
Why bother to consider something you’re sure you’ll never be able to do in your lifetime?
Who says you can’t do the crazy, amazing, incredible things you want?
Your friends? You?
Here’s the real deal. Maybe you won’t achieve that big dream in the time you hope. You may change your mind on what that dream is. But to think you can’t do something before you even attempt it – well, you’ve already failed. Try something you’re not even sure you like. Try something that scares you, even just a little.
Here’s my only rule. Make sure the goal you want to achieve or the thing you want to try won’t possibly hurt you or anyone else. Simple? Right? I don’t think so. It’s so much easier to make excuses and do the thing that you know deep down inside is wrong just because other people are doing it. Let other people live with their own regrets. There is a whole world of incredible adventures waiting out there for you, no matter where you live, no matter who you are.
So how can I, KC Fox, claim to tell you all this? I can because I have years of failures that led me to pushing the limits of what I can do. I always wanted to be an artist so I tried drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture, and a boatload of other crafts. Singing, too, I always wanted to be a rock star – only I can’t read music and I can’t hold a tune. But I learned I can appreciate all those things. I learned I can write about what I’d done. I love to write for me, for my kids, at work, for my friends, and now hopefully, for you.
I have always been afraid of heights, but then I had the opportunity to do something really different. I took a cruise to the Carribean. Oh, yeah, that was fan-freakin-tastic. Then in Costa Rica, they offered a trip that zipped on a cable through the tops of the rain forest. Whoa, it was the chance of a lifetime. But what a bummer, I couldn’t do that because of my fear of heights. Could I? I gritted my teeth, paid my money, and way too soon I was several stories in the air swinging through the treetops. Did I tell you it was freaking amazing? I would do it again in a heartbeat. I’m still not totally comfortable with heights, but now I remember the rain forest and I don’t let my discomfort stop me. Okay, I’ll probably never bungee-jump but one of my hopes is to someday ride in a hot-air balloon. Oh, yeah, scary.
By the way, that’s why I took my heroine, Kenzie, in my upcoming book, Hide and Seek, out of her comfort zone. I hope you like her journey.