When asked in a podcast what advice she received that gets her going, Aileen Xu (YouTube Creator) answered, “Take the biggest risks when you’re young and the youngest you’ll ever be is now.”
Maybe you’re just 17 and you doubt trying out for your school’s basketball team or a 40-year-old woman who never got the chance to learn about interior design. You tell yourself that it isn’t time or it’s too late for you. But if you really think about it, there is no such thing as too early or too late. What’s true is that you’ll be the youngest you’ll ever be today and you shouldn’t hinder yourself from pursuing an interest you think you’ll enjoy.
The “Right Time” Concept
In an episode from Modern Family a couple had a visitor over who was trying his best to be a warm guest by using things that the couple were saving for the “right time,” the perfect occasion. The guest used their caviar for a simple breakfast, drank their perfectly dated wine, and so on. They called the guest out for doing so and explained their concern in which the former replied with an enlightening message: are they waiting for the right time or are they failing to make the perfect occasion?
Waiting for the right time can sometimes be an excuse for people to take risks and ultimately, to enjoy. Do not lose the chance to take opportunities now and find yourself regretting that you missed them in the future. Taking risks can be terrifying and challenging but if you do take it, at least you would know how it would end up for you.
Instead of waiting for the right time, make it the right time for you to venture into that new thing you’ve been wanting to try.
What’s Riskier Than Taking the Risk?
It is riskier not to take the risk. The heart has a way of telling you what you really enjoy and what makes it full. When you feel those butterflies in your stomach while watching a solo-dance performance and hear a voice in your head wishing that you could do the same, take the urge, feel the beat. It’s the enough amount of push you need to create something beautiful.
If you don’t respond to it, you’re going to feel sorry for yourself for not trying. Having regrets isn’t healthy, it can eat up the life out of you. Do not shut up that voice that pushes you to just do it. You’ll be surprised of how things can go from saying yes to the urge.
All Set to Set Up
Pursuing your passion can never be so simple. Everything has a technical side to it that you need to take note of before diving in. Make sure that before you take the risk you’ve done enough research and read enough information about what you want to do.
It also helps to take advice from people you look up to and people who are already doing what you want to pursue. You don’t have to know them personally, you can just watch what they do and note observations that you think you could use for when you start. Especially in the age of social media, it is easy to get access to tips and tricks that would make you feel more equipped and trained for something.
Being ready to set up and to face the nitty gritty part of the pursuit is one of the most important parts of the process. If you’re not willing to do the dirty work then you must not be cut out for the thing you’re pursuing itself.
Honest, it’s not “if you fail,” it’s “when you fail.” Do not be surprised when you fail because failing is normal. It is part of success as long as you know how to leave the failure behind and take the lessons with you onward.
Instead of focusing on your slips, wrap your head on areas you need to improve to make ends meet. Write them down and think of ways to address them. Use your failure as direction to the next steps that you need to take to attain your goal and make the risk all worth it.
Make the risk all worth it.