Put Yourself Out There

It seems like everyone is divided these days.

No matter which side of the aisle you sit, I think we can all agree that the outlook is not ideal. And if we don’t learn how to agree, it will only get worse.

This fulcrum of history upon which we sit is eventually going to tip one way or another, and if we’re not careful, I fear it won’t tip in our favor, and we’ll spend years trying to right the ship.

Yes, I am alluding to politics.

And, yes, I realize this is a platform that should remain politics-free, so I appreciate you letting me indulge for one minute.

With everything in disarray and no one really knowing what the future holds, now is the best time to put yourself out there and focus on your best work.

Some of the most creative endeavors have been born out of adversity. It can take a shock to the system for us to realize fully what we believe in. But when we come to that realization? So freeing.

Take my personal blog, for instance.

I had let it languish for the better part of a year, but I kept paying the $45 fee to keep it up and running because I thought (hoped?) I would one day get the motivation to start blogging on a regular basis again.

Surprisingly, that motivation never arrived until I stopped being comfortable with exterior events, and I really started to think about what I wanted to say and I wanted to be perceived.

I’ve started to jot down my thoughts on current events, regardless of whether or not they conform to what others are saying, and I feel better, more at ease, with our current situation.

If anything, the existence of the blog has given me an opportunity to examine my beliefs through writing, and the daily practice of writing has given me comfort.

I’m sure there’s something that give you comfort, as well, but perhaps you are avoiding doing that thing because you are worried it might not pan out, or it’s not a good use of your time right now.

To that I say: hogwash.

There’s never been a better time to put yourself out there.

Start a blog.

Record a podcast.

Start a personal newsletter.

Join a committee.

Do something. Anything.

Put yourself out there.

If recent events have taught us anything, it’s that life is never going to fully cooperate with you, so you have to take life by the horns and take matters into your own hands.

I promise you won’t be disappointed.

You might actually like what happens.