There's always something else. Desperate as you may get for a change of pace or a different direction, you'll always have options if you keep an open mind. | The Blissful Poet

On Taking Risks: Why I’m Totally Fine With Turning Out Like My Mom

I have such admiration for people who genuinely enjoy their jobs. Some people are fluent in loving what they do. Our breakfast waitress at our hotel in Portland was one of those people, and despite the chilly, overcast Northwestern sky, she not only had a smile on her face but a true interest in doing what she could to serve us well.

I haven’t learned how to do that yet, and maybe that’s why it’s such an admirable quality in others. I’m still in that twenty-something phase of life when I’m supposed to be somewhat confused and directionless and let me tell you, I’m in it all the way. Sometimes I wonder if I’ll ever find a job I can put my whole heart into without finding something to gripe about.

But the good news is that there’s always something else. Desperate as you may get for a change of pace or a different direction, you’ll always have options if you keep an open mind. 

There's always something else. Desperate as you may get for a change of pace or a different direction, you'll always have options if you keep an open mind. | The Blissful Poet

Truth is, I only had the opportunity to come to Portland because of my mom’s new business venture. She’s trying her hand as a sales consultant for a popular clothing company, and her first convention happened to take place here. We’ve both been purchasing the clothing for a couple of years now, but only recently has she deeply considered becoming a representative for the company.

Unfortunately, some unwanted changes in the healthcare system made the decision easier for her. She has seriously had to reevaluate her role as a speech therapist since certain changes within the system are basically kicking private practices to the curb. While the situation hasn’t been ideal, it has prompted her to think about other options, and this was one of them.

During the conference she attended class upon class in preparation for her new role. I even got to attend the fashion show revealing the new line for this fall, which was incredibly fun! I didn’t think I’d enjoy a fashion show as much as I did.

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Fun trips, fashion shows, and seminars aside, my mom is so brave. She saw a change that needed to happen in her professional life, and she is actively taking steps in a new direction. She’s scared — as I would be, too — but it is far more admirable to do something afraid than to waltz with unabashed confidence into a situation. Where’s the challenge in that?

 

That needs to happen sometimes. When you realize your current situation is just one stop along the road, moving on can be intimidating, especially when you don’t know what’s next. I think that’s especially true for freelancers and creative types — writers, musicians, artists, people who start their own businesses — because there’s such potential for failure. What if you step out into what you love but find there’s nothing secure to latch onto?

What if you never step out into what you love and spend your life regretting it?

There will be risks in life, no matter what you do for a living. The trick is finding out what kind of risk you’re most comfortable with. Would you rather face the risk of failing at what you love until you make it work, or regretting that you never even tried?

Kudos to my mom for doing something so completely outside of her comfort zone, something courageous. I hope I have the same quality hiding somewhere in me.

What’s the last thing you did that was outside of your comfort zone? Do you regret it, or are you glad you did it? Let me know in the comments!

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