Personal Reflection

Feeling Scared To Try New Things

The older I get, the more scared I am to try new things. I feel like I need to stay in my own lane. But I know I won’t grow if I don’t step outside my comfort zone.

I don’t always know what I want to do. I have to try new things before I can decide if it’s right for me.

I’m the type of person who has no problem seeking out new opportunities like applying for a job, internship, etc. But I don’t always follow through. Sometimes I have a valid reason. But other times I back down out of fear. Fear of failure. That I won’t be good enough.

I want to be more willing to try new things. I don’t want to let fear stop me from following through on opportunities that could change my life forever.

I should stop making assumptions or jumping to conclusions. After all, I won’t know whether I like something until I try it.

Oftentimes when I have to make a decision, I weigh the pros and cons. Unfortunately, it’s easier for me to think of disadvantages than advantages. Then again, there are positives I might not consider until I pursue something further.

It’s easy to play things safe. I might as well take a risk while I’m young though. I have very little to lose. If I find something isn’t right for me, that’s OK. If I fall in love with it, great. But I will never know unless I give myself a chance.

Writing

Get To Know Unconference And Contest Opportunities

I’ve been meaning to share these opportunities for a while now.

The Unconference is in Calgary, Alberta this year and will take place from October 2-4. Get to Know invites youth ages 12 to 25 to submit a proposal outlining ideas for an art presentation that will make a statement about the environment or present a solution to a current environmental issue. Any art form is welcome. There will be cash prizes awarded for the winners in each age category. The deadline is June 1st, 2015. You can find more information here.

The contest runs from May 1st to November 1st. Participants can submit an entry inspired by nature in the art, writing, photos, video, or music category. It’s open to Canadian residents 19 or under. The video category is open to youth in all countries. For more details, click here.

If you know anybody who would be interested in entering, spread the word.