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What are you afraid of?
Failure? Rejection? Boredom? Not being good enough for something or someone?

Im starting to notice in my own life that where I am afraid is usually a good indicator of where I have the greatest opportunity.
Im not talking about fear of running into freeway traffic. Thats a healthy respect for the laws of physics.

Im talking about those things that if you are still long enough to listen to your own heart, you hear it telling you what you really hope for.
And usually there is a voice right behind it telling you why you cant have it, and all of the reasons why.

This past year, I have made a focused effort to start listening to the first voice, and telling that second voice to go back to whatever it was doing before it bothered me.
And if that doesnt work, I get a bit more..... aggressive.

As I have been practicing this in my life, I have started to notice something that I had missed for years...
That fear voice is actually covering up the simple fact that you only have to choose. And then choose again. And again.
Every day wake up, live in gratitude, love the people around you, and know that you CAN. Really know that there is no reason you cannot have what is in your heart.
There may be obstacles, but that is all they are. Things to climb over. Or around, or under, whatever works.

What I have found is that often the hardest thing is not the doing of the thing. Its changing how you see yourself.
Once that starts to happen, the work becomes almost enjoyable.

Why am I saying this? I talk to so many people on here that express reasons why they cant. I want to tell them they can, but before they can hear that, they have to c believe that they are good enough to be able to.

So for any person who is willing to hear...
No matter how ridiculous if may feel at first, start countering that fear voice that tells you you arent good enough. Hide in the bathroom if you have to.
If you get caught, tell them you were rehearsing lines for a Vine you are making.
And keep doing it.

The new year is coming. What if the promise you made to yourself was this:
I will do one thing that I have always wanted to do, but have been to afraid to do.
Then plan it, and do it.

Ride a horse.
Take a class.
Buy a notebook and write for 15 minutes every morning.
Put on that shirt, shine your shoes, wink at yourself in the mirror, and GO ASK HER TO DINNER. Someone is going to. Why shouldnt it be you?!?
Are you listening?
Buy a camera. If you cant afford one, go to Goodwill, and buy a $5 one and shoot the F&%$ out of that thing.
Start looking people in the eye, and looking for one thing that you like about them. practice it.

You are worth more than you think, and its time you start believing it.
Dont sit there for another year without knowing how incredibly valuable you are.


Are you afraid of something? Look into it. You might just find who you really are.

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adzac1 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Very well expressed. Thanks for sharing!
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fotoz-eu Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
thank you
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CheekyStoat Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow.  I think that this is what I needed to hear.  Thank you.
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DANNY-DED Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
ThankU by DANNY-DED Aaron ;)
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shiitakexxxx Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013
thank you.
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PacificFreelance Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Photographer
i wish i could apply something like this to my street photography :P
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eruiz Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Great thoughts and advice!  You're a deep thinker sir.
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