10 things I wish I had done sooner in life

Bonjour! Sometimes I stand on the metaphorical sidewalk afraid to put my foot out there and cross the street into the big scary world. Once I take my first couple of steps, I usually realize that whatever it is I was scared to try or do is super awesome and I regret how much time I spent not doing that particular thing. Below is a list of 10 such occasions.

1. Applying to graduate school. For some reason I thought that I wasn’t smart enough and/or couldn’t handle balancing academics and single motherhood in a different state. However, once I actually applied, I got into every school I applied to and finished with a 3.8 GPA. Moral: Grad school is awesome. I am smarter than I think I am.

2. Changing my hair (box braids, wigs, etc.). I thought about it way too hard and for way too long. I was way too worried about what other people would think. But hello!! Fabulous. Moral: It’s hair. Extensions and change aren’t the enemy.

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3. Letting my guard down and falling deeply in love with another person. After having your heart broken, it can be tough to get back out there. Moral: Love is grand.

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4. Starting a blog. I actually wasn’t sure that I had anything original to contribute. How many lifestyle bloggers does the world actually need? Moral: The internet is infinite. My voice matters.

5. Posing nude for art classes. I didn’t think I was interesting enough for people to draw. The naked part seemed easy, but being still for so long seemed scary. But after watching a few models in classes, I signed  up and posed for classes and two different schools as a (well paid) model. Moral: My body is art.

6. Karaoke. It’s funny that I was afraid to do karaoke after I had already posed nude, but I am weird like that I guess. But everyone clapped and I had a great time. Moral: Singing on a stage is really liberating. I see why Beyonce’ likes it so much.

7. Roasting a turkey. So much meat. So much stress. And so many funky things inside of it that you have to pull out first. Gross… but also delicious. Moral: Butter, sage, salt and lemon are the key to a moist and juicy turkey.

8. Asking a guy out. I have actually asked a ton of guys out and haven’t been scared to do this since I was maybe 15 years old. I think I read in Cosmo that guys like that and find it refreshing. Moral: Some guys will say no, but many will say yes.

9. Ending friendships. It’ll hurt if you end it, but it’ll hurt if you don’t. Moral: You will make other friends.

10. Getting a smart phone. I just wanted a phone/phone; call people, hang up, that’s it. But eventually my phone broke and I upgraded. This was in 2012!!! I had no idea how to work a smart phone and could barely make it work for the first week or so, but then my goodness, my life got so much easier. Moral: Technology doesn’t have to be scary. (source)

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So that’s my list. Were you ever afraid to try something? Did you try it anyway? Did you like it? I’d love to hear all about it.

A Cornish Mum

9 Comments

  1. Thanks for linking up to #TenThings again 🙂 I so know what you mean, I do stuff in my life now that I never would have been brave enough to do when I was younger and worried about what people thought, I try not to regret the past as it may have made my future different and I LOVE my little family, but boy do I wish I was braver back then!
    Stevie x

    • Thanks for commenting. It’s crazy how much more we care about what people think when we’re younger.

  2. Love your list and positive outlook! 🙂 Sounds trite, but with age comes wisdom, sometimes it’s funny looking back and thinking ‘did I really worry about *that*??’.

    Life is undoubtably better when you are able to do things that make *you* happy without worrying what other people think 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

    #tenthings

  3. Wow, being a life model, you are brave. Love how it was the sitting still that worried you. I love singing but wont do karaoke, maybe I should try it one day x #10things

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