Take that chance…go ahead, I dare you!


Necessity is the mother of taking chances.

Mark Twain

It’s true. You can’t go home again. I tried and it didn’t work. I am not the same person and the house didn’t fit me anymore. I actually wonder what contortions of personality I had subjected myself to in order to make it fit the first time. Well, I obviously didn’t like it or I wouldn’t have left in the first place, right? 

Have you ever romanticized your past? Thought longingly that, given the chance, you’d do it all so differently. You’d be kinder, patient, more appreciative with the known and familiar.

Think again, my friends. The unknown, as scary as it might seem, is ripe with possibility. The past, while comfortable, lacks potential. That well-worn path leads you in the same direction each time you follow it.

To the house that didn’t fit, that you discarded, or that discarded you.

Forge a new path. Build a new home. Be brave. Take a chance.

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave.

Mary Tyler Moore


11 responses »

  1. I love this! It reminds me of a big step I took in leaving a cushy editorial job with benefits, 401Ks, and three weeks vacation to start my own home based business book editing/ghost writing and full time journalist. It was scary, and still is at times, but I am so much happier and a much better person for taking the leap. And it’s so true you can never go back. I can’t imagine anything else but being my own boss. I truly hope your post inspires more people to go for that well deserved change 🙂

  2. need this reminder Mo…is so damned easy to step back onto that well worn path if only to feel a bit of the old comfort zone when things get a bit tough….but it’s wrong and telling yourself it isn’t is the worst lie you can tell yourself. thanks, perfectly stated and perfectly timed. xoxo

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