Start Before You’re Ready

What does it mean to start before you’re ready?

When I thought hard about the times in my life I have done this, my mind took me waaaaaay back to when I was learning to ride a bike. I started out on grass with my older brother running along side of me holding the handlebars, as I weaved down the lawn. I was gaining confidence and was determined to be able to ride my bike by the time my dad came home from work, to surprise him. I waited at the top of the road knowing he’d be arriving any minute and as he turned in, I set off cycling towards him, wobbling away. I reached the now parked car just as he was getting out and was so excited to show him my new skill that I lost my focus and fell into the car and put a nice big scratch down the side! People are more important than cars! Thankfully my dad, (who had the patience of a saint), didn’t yell at me but, as I had hoped, was thrilled to see me (almost) master my new bike. Was I really ready to ride that bike? Not really, but when are we ever really ready for anything? If we don’t try or start, we run the risk of doing nothing. Playing it safe doesn’t make memories like these :)

To boldy go…

The next memory that popped into my head was starting primary school (grade school in the US). I could hardly wait to go. I had my new school bag packed for weeks before the BIG day and everyone who visited our house had to be shown my bag and all its contents. I clearly remember wanting to put an apple in there and my mum telling me it would go bad before it was time to go to school. Of course, I had my outfit planned too :) IMG_0311

The big day!

However, this was not the beginning of a new school year and I wasn’t starting school with lots of other new children. Because my birthday fell in April, I was allowed to start early after the Easter holiday and not wait till after summer. This was “optional” but as I was so anxious to get to school my parents enrolled me. So there I was, the only new pupil at school that day and suddenly all that excitement turned to fear. I walked into a classroom of children who would essentially all be in the year ahead of me after the summer break. Uh, oh, what was I thinking? Just when I thought I might cry, a girl came up to me and took my hand. I never looked back!

Ignorance is bliss

When I think about these childhood events, I wonder what was in me at that young age that gave me the courage to start before I was ready? Maybe the wonderful thing about being a child is that you don’t overthink things or think too far ahead, that you talk yourself out of doing something. As adults we love to come up with all the practical, rational reasons why we shouldn’t do something and we can talk ourselves out of just about anything and make ourselves believe it was the right decision.

What holds us back?

Mostly I think we’re afraid to fail. We’re afraid of being judged… and what will people think of us! Let’s bring back the boldness of our youth! Let’s DO, and TRY, and FAIL, and TRY AGAIN, and SUCCEED and feel BRAVE and PROUD and VIBRANT and ALIVE and BOLD! It’s never too late to start before you’re ready! What would you like to start? Please be brave and share below. email_signoff1_name

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6 comments on “Start Before You’re Ready

  1. This was really inspiring, Alison. I dragged my feet for about a year after I finished yoga teacher training, then waited even longer before starting my own business. As you said, that whole perfection thing again… Love these posts and love your cute pic!

    • Dear Susan,
      I’m so glad you found this inspiring. Thank goodness you did start your own business because I know that I and many, many people LOVE what you’re doing and gain so much from your teaching. Perfectionism is a hard thing to let go of, but I think I’m getting better with practice :) Glad you like the pic – not my cutest haircut, but I clearly didn’t seem to mind at the time!

  2. As I grow older, I realize every day is a special gift. How I use this gift or what I do with this incredible gift is my choice. Even in times of stress and illness, I can choose to make the most of my day, especially making sure that I smile and/or laugh as much as possible. I used to wake up each morning with fear in my heart. Today, I wake up with so much gratitude that I have been given many blessings, blessings most of us possess like the ability to see, feel, speak, smell, and feel. Most Americans could write a very long list of everyday blessings which we often take for granted. It is “human nature” to ignore something so readily available, like clean water, until we no longer have it at our disposal. I try to challenge myself every day to make the world a little brighter for people around me who are in need of a little bit of love or kindness.

    • Dear George Ann,
      Thank you for your inspiring message. I am so impressed with how you challenge yourself to make the world a better, brighter place. I can assure you that you do!! You are a gift to everyone that knows you and crosses paths with you. It is such a wonderful thing to have the awareness that this is a choice. We can choose every day to be grateful and happy. Thank you so much for all you bring to the world. I’m so happy you’re following by blog – I appreciate your support!

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