“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”
― C. JoyBell C.
These monthly inspiration posts are used to encourage others or to express how I’ve been motivated lately. February was a great month for me and this month I want to inspire others to utilize their courage.
The journey I’ve been on, pre- and post minimalism, has given me courage that most people wouldn’t know I have. I’m not Wonder Woman, but for the greater part of my life, I’ve been described as shy and timid by people who don’t know me well.
This is certainly incorrect. Shy and timid are common characteristics that introverts, like me, may get described as. Introverts have a hidden courage, which is hard to recognize compared to extroverts that overtly reveal it to the world.
I’m driven, but not aggressive and I’m selective with who I open myself up to. Starting this blog was a major leap by opening my thoughts to the public. Courage has allowed me to put myself out there and I continue to share my journey because it has great reward.
The reward is being part of a community of like-minded people, having a supportive audience, learning, and knowing that others find value in the things I share. And the best part is hearing when someone finds greater peace and happiness by being encouraged to try simple living.
This month, courage enabled me to take my writing a step further. I submitted work to a website that features articles on simple living. My initial thought was, “Why would I be included in a group of other writers?” Besides, I just started writing last summer and have a lot to learn.
24 hours after submitting my first piece of written work, I was accepted. I’m beyond thrilled and honored to be a part of a group of writers. This inclusion gives me the extra motivation to keep learning, keep writing, and keep trying to reach and inspire others.
I don’t share this story to boast about accomplishments because that is not my intention. I share it to encourage others to achieve their goals and to push the limits to see how far they can go. Don’t let fear get in the way because “something is worth it” as C. JoyBell C. reminds us. With courage, passion, and hard work, anything is attainable.
Take a risk, make the leap, and see what happens. If something doesn’t work on the first try…or the next…or the next…don’t give up. Seek it as an opportunity to use the courage to keep trying.
What inspired you in February?