Things I Can Do Now I Couldn't Do When I Was Younger

After complaining about getting old in yesterday's blog, I figured today I'd talk about what I've learned over the years.

In my twenties and thirties I was introverted. Most people who know me now find that hard to believe.

Oh, I could always figure out ways to do things I wanted to do, but when I was elected PTA president for my kids' grammar school the first time, I truly wondered how on earth I could get up in front of all those people and run the meeting. (Back in those days lots of people attended PTA meetings.) I struggled through that presidency and another, then was elected to the PTA for the Junior High, I was even more afraid because a lot more people attended those meetings. The wonderful woman I took over from told me, "No one wants to be up there doing what you will be doing. Remember that." I did and it worked.

Since that time I've spoken in front of all sorts of groups without fear. What I learned was that as long as I really knew what I was talking about everything would go fine.

Another fear that I got over was driving. My husband was gone a lot when the kids were growing up so I had to drive everywhere. I was scared to drive to L.A. where my folks lived, but the only way to get there was for me to take the wheel. I started out driving there by leaving at 3 a.m. in the morning when there wasn't as much traffic. My confidence built in my driving ability and soon I was going all over the place.

Kids grown and living in a new place, it wasn't long before I was taking long driving trips and I knew I could drive as well as the next guy and better than a lot of them.

Over the years I've tackled all sorts of big jobs and succeeded. The more I did, the more capable and confident I became.

I suspect what this all boils down to is my advice to others is don't think you can't do something until you try, you will probably be surprised.



Vicki Rocho said…
Great reminder to push ourselves. Never know what you're capable of unless you try. Things often aren't as scary/difficult as they appear from a distance.

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