Sunday, August 26, 2012

Advocating for Another Carnival: Quotes that Inspire

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Tuesday, August 21st, through Tuesday, August 28th, I'm participating in WEGO Health's Advocating for Another Carnival.

Learn more about how to join us here: Look for A4A Carnival posts by following this hashtag on Twitter: #A4AMonth.

There are prompts for parents, caregivers, health activists and people who prefer to participate through social media, not blogging. A little something for everyone.

Today's prompt: August 26 • Day 6: Quote, End Quote. Post
Let someone else’s wise words inspire you. Find a quote that moves you in some way then free write about it. Don’t stop writing for 15-20 mins. Now post!

I recently came across this incredibly inspiring quote from the late American artist Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986):

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life, and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do."

I have a theory that everyone is terrified most of the time, but feels obligated to appear as though everything is fine. Everything is taken care of. We know exactly what we're doing and where we're going in our lives.

Via George O'Keeffe Museum Collection Online
When you're a child you tend to think that when you grow up the fear will magically dissipate and the answers will come to you in a miraculous moment of clarity like Moses receiving the 10 Commandments from God on Mount Sinai. It doesn't work that way.

The truth is that the fear of the unknown we experience as children doesn't go away at 18 or 25 or 35. Yes, we learn more, become more confident and less insecure and care far less what others think of us. But starting something new, taking a chance, is still terrifying.

One of the best things about writing in this space is using it to challenge myself to be raw about what's going on inside my head, even when it's ugly or embarrassing. And especially when I'm scared and not sure things are going to work out the way I hope. I'm not perfect. I don't have it all figured out, and I want to give you a well-rounded picture of the whole me. Not just the pretty parts or the confident parts. I think you start getting to know the real me when you read about me at my worst.

To see the reality that we're all a little bit terrified validated by someone who experienced tremendous success in her life is comforting. We'll all be just fine as long as we don't let our fear of the unknown stop us from trying new things and pursuing our dreams. And as long as we try to be real about it.

To learn more about Georgia O'Keeffe, her life and her work, please visit: Georgia O'Keeffe Museum: Biography.

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