I love lists, big fan of lists. Lists are cascading, straightforward, physical records of intention that follow a delightfully simple organizing principle. And it is also delicious to cross things off lists with beautiful red ink.
A friend of mine challenged me to make a list of things I would do if I didn't have fear. My biggest fears are failure and rejection (not so much fear of broken bones – which is why skydiving isn't on this list). So here it goes.
If I didn't have fear of failure or rejection, I would:
- Sing an original song at open mic. Again, I haven't actually had the opportunity yet, but I have a feeling that if I were asked I would make some kind of excuse not to do it.
- Move to a new city. I haven't been given the opportunity, but I would make every excuse not to do it, most likely.
- Talk to strangers I find intriguing. I always want to compliment people, and for some reason I think they will be offended or find it weird.
- Work to create the life I want. One with higher engagement, deeper connections, authentic ownership, more risks, less excuses.
- Embrace the richness, fullness, wholeness, oneness. I have a life that is rich and beautiful, I have a disease that tells me otherwise, I have evidence of a different way of being. Instead of exploring facets, I tend to shut down or get insular, because it is easy and safe. Easy and safe is not working out for me right now. I'm getting restless.
What does your list look like?