I’m a believer of challenging yourself and making the most of opportunities, but it never used to be like that.
In 2013, I took a 3 month trip to Australia. It was something that I always wanted to do and everyone was shocked that I was going ahead with it.
Admittedly, I should’ve gone later on in my life, possibly now, as I was still in a negative frame of mind so didn’t make the most of my experience. But the opportunities I was faced with I wouldn’t change and as cliché as it sounds, I am a better person for it.
Making phone calls and answering phones to strangers was a massive fear of mine for years, but being alone at the other side of the world, I just couldn’t pass the phone over to my mum. I had to make the calls myself, or I would be stuck. I realised that it was something I needed to do, and after some positive self talk, I did it. Since then, I have had several office based jobs where the working day is primarily making and answering phone calls. If it wasn’t for Australia, I never would’ve done this.
I am not the best swimmer by far and I especially avoided the ocean in every situation. As part of my East Coast trip, I visited Cairns to sail the Great Barrier Reef. On this trip, there was an optional scuba dive. Of course, I was the only person on the whole boat to decline and I cowered inside to admire the scenery.
We reached the diving point and the group all headed off into the depths of the dazzling blue waters to witness only what can be described as real-life Finding Nemo.
Now, I don’t know what came over me at that precise moment, but before I knew it I had walked up to an instructor and asked if it would be possible for me to do a dive.
The instructor, Ellie, knew I was nervous and I had earlier told her I didn’t want to dive. The rest of the boat went out in groups of 4, but knowing how scared I was, Ellie offered to take me out to dive one-on-one because I was worried about going in a group and ruining the experience for the others.
After some brief training and instructions, I was in the water ready to go under water. The sights I saw were magnificent and I couldn’t stop smiling, which is obviously not the greatest of ideas when you’re underwater but I just couldn’t help it. I was SO proud of myself and I still am to this day.
The point of this post is, if you’re ever doubting yourself, just remember that you’re capable of anything. If a challenge or opportunity faces you, chances are is that the only regret you’ll have is not going ahead with it.