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I've been thinking about this a lot lately, about why we fear things; whether it's fear of trying something new, fear of a relationship, fear of making changes. What's the worst thing that can happen?
My whole vision where I thought I'd be when I turned 25 was completely different than what my life is now being 25. I always pictured that at this point, I would be a newly wed, in the midst of purchasing a house, and starting to plan a family. I pictured how we would split the holidays, plan vacations and everything in between. I would be a successful entrepreneur, able to support myself & my family.
Well, I'm 25, I still live at home, I'm single & am drowning in student loan debt. Most days, it's extremely frustrating & I have to remind myself that life does not go as planned in majority of cases. And yes, everything will fall into place as they should, maybe not how I envisioned it but I've come to accept that that's ok.
I have always had a tremendous fear of having a real romantic relationship because of my parents divorce. I have always been afraid that my relationships would shatter & leave me broken. But this past year, I've realized that I can't be afraid to give my whole heart, my love, my trust to somebody else just because my parents didn't work out. If you love somebody & their love is mutual, then that's part of your foundation to a future. I have been blessed that I've been surrounded by beautifully loving relationships my whole life. I've realized that they haven't been easy, but they worked at them, they fought & they loved. That love is worth the risk of getting your heart broken.
I have for the past few years wanted to learn to make clothes. It was actually my original intent when I first began sewing. But something held me back & I felt comfortable sewing makeup cases & wine totes, which I have loved doing. But I always felt like I wasn't being challenged very much. I got into the rhythm of making my products, I could make them with my eyes closed. The comfort in that is something I enjoy, I am proud. But without the challenge 3 years later, I feel like I'm missing something. I've been storing all these ideas of clothes I'd make, what I'd try, in the back of my mind & they've been twirling around for years. I know I have the creativity needed to make them real, so why aren't I?
All of this, assessing these fears & others has made me realize; now's the time. I don't have anything holding me back besides myself. I am 25 &I have the means and the drive hidden in me to kick start something. I have the ideas dancing around in my head, I have the passion, I have the capabilities to teach myself, to learn. I'm able, willing & happy to sit down in my basement and mess up as I'm learning to make something new, to create an image. That's how I learn best.
So if I know all this, why am I afraid? The worst that can happen is that my talents lay somewhere else and I move forward. These fears I have aren't going to break me, they'll help me find the pieces of my puzzle, make me who I am.
There is no failure with trying something new, falling in love or making a change. It's time to leap & make our wings as we're falling so we can soar. And if we do fall, make those wings anyway so you can pick yourself right back up.
Now is the time.
My name is Kristina and I'm the founder of Love Struck. Read about how Love Struck came to be, see how I make it happen or just read a random thought I just might have! Anything can happen at our blog & I wouldn't have it any other way! It's time to get Love Struck, and what better way to start than right here!