If you stumble…

There’s one rule of success in any area of life that I hardly ever talk about: your tolerance to making a fool of yourself.

Yes, you read that right.

Wake up in the morning, stare at yourself in the mirror, and just laugh at how silly you look.

We tend to take things way too seriously. Most of the things that cause us stress now won’t even matter in a few days, let alone a year from now.

I have come to understand that we live passively presuming we’ll live forever. How else would you watch bad TV, talk to people you don’t like, or stay the same up until the moment life demands change.

Why would you do that?

Boredom and routine as your best friends, by the age of 35 you’ll be doing 95% of daily activities subconsciously.

Habits that will be almost impossible to break out of.

And one of those habits is the fear of being laughed at.

Making a fool of yourself.

It inhibits people from saying what they want to say, from doing new things, from growing as individuals.

It doesn’t matter.

Honestly.

So what if they laugh at you? If they make fun of you?

And, besides, you’ll be surprised that it’s not that bad. That you’ll get over it.

Our fear of future discomfort robs us of the joy of the present moment.

You’ll never know unless you try.

Also, moments of humiliation make for great stories some time later.

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11 thoughts on “If you stumble…

  1. Reblogged this on Cynthia Hilston – Author & Blogger and commented:
    Good words to remember. Most things we worry about don’t worth it. Worry about the stuff that matters. The rest, let it go. People like to stress about what they’re eating, what they’re breathing, what others think about them, if they’re active enough, if they’re doing too much, etc. Yet they forget that big killer that stress itself is.

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  2. This is so true! That is why I have no regrets of accidentally walking into a glass door, while trying to impress a guy I liked when I was in middle school. Sure, it was embarrassing and he laughed… but I got his attention! Lol. 😂 This was an awesome and encouraging post, my friend! Thank you for this. 😊

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  3. This post is very timely. Yesterday I took a step out of my comfort zone and sang on stage in front of a celebrity and a whole crowd, even though I’m not a good singer. I just really wanted to give it a shot, enough to do the thing regardless of just how anxious it made me feel.
    And a part of me still cringes at how I probably made a fool of myself. But then I’m also so proud of me, because a few months ago I would never have imagined I’d be at this stage in my life where I’d be confident enough to step forward and volunteer to sing, where the chronic anxiety wouldn’t deter me from doing something I wanted to do.
    So this post speaks to me a lot now.
    Loved this! Great writing.

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  4. The ability to laugh at oneself or “self deprecating humour” (if you want to be fancy) is perhaps the most valuable of human qualities.
    It can see you through many a difficult situation or depressive phase in life.
    It is also a character trait that makes its possessor most endearing.
    And I completely agree with you that mishaps and misadventures in retrospect can be quite entertaining.

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