‘To have an extra-ordinary life you have to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Only ever regret what you wish you had done, but didn’t.‘ unknown.
I recently watched the Last night of the Proms on BBC television. I’ll be honest here, it’s not usually my thing. All that bobbing up and down and waving flags to the same songs that were sung last year and countless years before! I’m sure that it’s one of those situations where being there makes all the difference. So why did I watch it? Out of curiosity, is the short answer. Earlier in the day I’d heard that the orchestra was to be conducted by a woman for the first time in the 118 year history of the Proms, and this intrigued me.She told the Today programme that she is “very, very proud, but also pretty surprised to be the first“.
Coincidentally, Marin happens to be the same age as me, although I’m a few months older! In an interview the day after her performance she said; ‘Follow your passion, never give up.’ So how can I fail to be inspired and challenged by this incredible woman.
Well that suits me! For the past couple of years I’ve been doing just that. Now the thing about doing this is, sometimes it works and, sometimes it doesn’t. But if you’re doing something that you’re passionate about, it doesn’t really matter if it goes wrong. We all know, we can learn from our mistakes, sometimes even more so than when things work out. I know that I seem to remember the things that have gone wrong more vividly than the ones that have worked out alright!
I’m also very fortunate in being surrounded by people who are very encouraging. Although I’m sure that my children must roll their eyes sometimes, wondering what mum’s going to get up to next! But the way I see it, we only get one life. I’ve taken risks in the past simply because I didn’t want to look back in the future and think, ‘if only’. I wouldn’t have my youngest son if I hadn’t taken a risk.
So today’s challenge to anyone who’d like to accept it is; take a risk; push your boundaries. If there’s something that your passionate about but haven’t pursued yet; go ahead and try. What’s the worst thing that can happen? As I’ve already said, if it goes wrong you’ll at least be able to learn from it and perhaps try again with the knowledge that you’ve acquired from your first attempt.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. Surround yourself with the people who will support and love you, no matter what. I can promise you one thing, it won’t be boring.
Now what new challenge can I attempt today?