One our greatest challenges is fear. Fear of failure. It is this fear that gives us the ability to talk ourselves out of things. New things. Things we want to try. Things that we’d probably enjoy. Negative self-talk. Our inner-most critic tells us we can’t do it, no one will like it, so we become immobilized. Paralyzed by that fear. What if our critic is speaking truth? So we don’t budge. I’ve become my inner critic’s biggest hater and I tell myself “Try New Things” because you can!
|Self Love| Try New Things
You will amaze yourself. When you try new things, you learn new things. You learn your strengths and weaknesses. In those weaknesses you’ll learn where you need to improve. You’ll either try harder or accept it for what it is. If it is still something you wish to pursue, then you will, if it’s not, then you’ll learn to find acceptance.
This weekend was probably one of the most memorable weekends of my life. We went on a day trip to Atlantic City, New Jersey. We walked the boardwalk, went to the beach, ate well, and even did a little shopping. I sat in awe of my family, and took a bajillion photographs. I love taking photographs because they’re a way to capture the moment and document the memory. I enjoy capturing nature, textures, playing with angles, and naturally the people or things I love. But I always doubt my skill, furthermore, I’ve questioned my editing abilities. It is too much, is it not enough.
I took a risk this weekend and I edited the above image. It happens to be one of my most favorite captures of the weekend. When you’re in a public place, you can’t control who is in your shot. But with editing you can ensure that they don’t distract the focus of the shot. I was able to remove the mother and child from this image. Then I played with the other elements in the image, did a little blending, layering and I fell completely and madly in love. Now, here comes the acceptance. It’s gorgeous the colors are amazing. Isis is a thing of beauty. The image provokes so much inspiration. Be it imperfect. But I am imperfect. I am not going to become a professional photographer. I’m not going to open up shop (as my husband inquired). I accept my level of expertise and I am good with it. I’m very happy that I tried something different.
Believe in yourself enough to try new things. You won’t regret trying, but you will regret it if you don’t. Knowledge is power, unknowing is uncertainty. Believe in yourself enough to go for it.
What’s one thing you want to try but just haven’t due to fear?
It could be something as simple as a new recipe or a 13 mile walk (both of which I’ve tried, one of which I’ve succeeded).
Leave me a comment, I’d love to hear some of your “to try” list.