“To venture causes anxiety, but not to venture is to lose one’s self. Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.”   ~Søren Kierkegaard

I came across this quote a few days before the new year and it really spoke to me. I read it in an article titled “8 Things every person should do before 8 am,” which sometimes gets cheesy and reads a bit choppy like a compilation of motivational quotes, but ultimately the author makes some great points that most people should be reminded of regularly—basically, you are the master of your own destiny, the world is your oyster, and you need to accept and push through anxiety and fear in order to move forward in life and accomplish your goals.

ANXIETY, my arch nemesis. As noted in the article, some psychologists believe the foundation of all fears is the unknown—humans like predictability and don’t like the intense emotions brought about by change. At times my own anxiety holds me back from writing, traveling, photography, working out, crafting, taking online classes, putting myself out there, making big life changes, etc. You name it, anxiety, and the fear of what may or may not happen, keeps me from doing things in the first place. However, as the author points out, and why I love this article so much—to NOT do all those things, to “lose one’s self,” is ultimately worse than encountering anxiety in the first place. I get it, because when I’m NOT doing those things, my soul doesn’t feel fulfilled, like I’m not living to my full potential; NOT doing it feels worse than the anxiety caused from thinking about it!

“Rather than repeating the behavior of your past, you need to act today based on the life you want to have tomorrow.” (I’ll stop quoting the entire article and let you read it for yourself here.) All too often I hear people complain about their lives and what they don’t have, when in reality they are the only ones who can change their situations and make the life they desire.

In 2019 I vow to not let anxiety hold me back, and I wish the same for all of you—let this be the year of putting yourself out there, taking chances, and making changes! Cheers to a year of embracing difficulty and uncertainty—let’s all get dizzy with freedom! Happy New Year!

—Nicole

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