Learning To Say "Yes"


"Yes" has always been a hard concept for me to wrap my mind around. I'm someone who doesn't necessarily enjoy the idea of change, so actually delving into a new venture or experience is frightening and taxing. Planning is the only way I truly feel in control when it comes to my life and that's evident from how sequential and sometimes even boring my routine can become. 

While I thrive in controlled and familiar environments, I've begun to notice that this habit has never really helped me get to where I wanted to go. Success isn't where you already are, it's where you want to be - that's a lesson that's taken me 26 years to understand. Without being able to fully immerse myself in a new experience, I am stifling my growth and shortchanging myself. 

I'm sure I'm not the only introvert out there who feels this way - that the fear of a new experience is more of a comfort than the success of one. A lot of the time I would rather close myself off and live with the notion that whatever new venture has crossed my path probably won't work out the way I want it to and the struggle of dealing with that isn't worth the leap of faith. This is a fine state to live in as a teenager when you are still discovering yourself, but as an adult risks are a necessity of reaching long-term goals. 

As my 26th birthday rapidly approaches, I've decided that I no longer want to succumb to familiar fear, but instead take a chance on the unfamiliar kind. I want to say "yes" to knew job opportunities that seem interesting but not necessarily what I'm used to. I want to consider the possibility of living somewhere outside of the city I've grown up in. And, more than anything, I want to discover that I am capable of figuring things out when I do step out of my comfort zone and into new, unfamiliar territory. I've definitely hit a wall with my experiences and I don't want to sit behind it, unsure of what could be on the other side. 

What do you want to say "yes" to?