What’s the worst that can happen?

Are you passionate about your life? What exactly does that mean? Should I be? Passionate?

From where I stand, it looks like there are a scraggly few who can proclaim that they’re living the life of their dreams. Why is that? I can think of only two reasons: 1) They don’t know what they want, or 2) They’re afraid to do what it takes to have what they want.

Many, and I was one of these, live with their eyes on tomorrow. Tomorrow things will be better. That’s deadly. It keeps you from living in the present and it delays action indefinitely because, as they say, tomorrow never comes. For a very long time I didn’t know what I wanted. I was afraid to dig too deeply looking for it for fear I would see the truth of how miserable I really was.

And there’s something else. Some people fear that if they go for it, go all out and follow their dream, they’ll find out that it’s not what they wanted after all. That’s a scary enough thought to keep you stuck exactly where you are. So what it really boils down to is only one thing: fear.

I like the What’s the worst that can happen? game when confronting fears. So what if I follow my dream and find out it’s not what I really wanted? What’s the worst that can happen? What if I dig deeply for my truth and realize I’m miserable? Don’t I already know, on some level, that I’m miserable? What’s the worst that can happen?

Most fears are irrational. When they’re put to the What’s the worst that can happen? test, they lose their power because the worst that can happen is often quite manageable.

I’m not questioning anyone’s belief system, but in the absence of proof to the contrary, it appears that we get one shot at life on this amazing planet. We get one chance, a brief span of generally less than 100 years, to explore the grandeur of earth’s terrain, experience the cultures of people different from ourselves, delve into the mysteries of our existence, and eat snake for breakfast. (If you haven’t tried it, you must. It’s one of my favorites.)

And here’s the last test. Do you laugh every day? Not just a chuckle, titter, or giggle, but a belly laugh that makes your tear ducts overflow? If not, you need people like this in your life.

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You’ll find them when you find your joy, when at last you can say, “This is it! This is who I was meant to be. This is MY BIG, BEAUTIFUL, PASSIONATE LIFE!”


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gigicullins
    Sep 08, 2014 @ 10:36:02

    Love the truth of this! I have said so often, “What’s the worst that can happen?” It’s so easy to get mired down in tomorrows, in fear…but since my recent recurrence of my heart issues, it brings things back into focus and that is “do not put off until tomorrow what you can do today” as tomorrow may never come. I really love this post, Sherry! So glad you found your joy! I can see it in your eyes! Your whole face just radiates happiness! I am so thrilled for you!!!!



  2. Lottie Nevin
    Sep 08, 2014 @ 10:50:24

    ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ 😀



  3. pat grimsbo
    Sep 08, 2014 @ 18:09:34

    Daughter Dear, So pleased that you are at this stage of your most interesting, much varied life! ! ! I DO believe you are happier than you have ever been before – that is heart-warming for your old parents whose lives have been SO different than yours – by we have no regrets. We lived ours as we wished to do most of the time. Now home from supper and ready to find something interesting on TV as I knit a dishcloth beside Dad on our reclining loveseat. We send our Love to you, Mom and Dad



    • writingforselfdiscovery
      Sep 09, 2014 @ 01:37:45

      You exposed us to travel, packing up the station wagon and heading to California, or Canada, or Yellowstone, camping along the way. And you taught us to welcome all people regardless of color, creed, or what others might say about them. Our home was a haven of hospitality for extended family and friends as well as for those who just needed a caring ear to listen. You gave us a foundation of love for each other and for us, your children. With all that positive, nurturing energy, I couldn’t possibly be normal! Love you and miss you both every single day!



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