The other day I picked up the latest Oprah magazine to troll for blog ideas for my reading pleasure. As I flipped through it yesterday morning, while sipping my cup of morning joe, the monthly question immediately grabbed my attention.
What would you do if you had no fear?
I paused to contemplate. In the last year and a half I have shockingly done two things I never imagined I would do: quit my job to travel for five months, and started my own business.
But there are certainly many more things that I want to do. Things that I allow fear to stand between me and even attempting to dip my toes into the pool of possibilities. Some of them are seemingly small but hold me back in my business. Others are secret desires that I may never actually follow through with.
But a girl can always dream, right?
So for this week’s Friday Five, I share with you five things I would do if I had no fear.
1. Open a cafe
Last summer I had this idea for a cafe that basically would combine my passions: community, education, children, art, and food. It would be a cafe would simultaneously provide a play/meeting space for families with young children, showcase local artists, offer locally-sourced food, and provide job training to women in my community while offering affordable childcare to the trainees in a co-op like manner. Ambitious? You betcha. A little unfocused? Perhaps. Will I ever take the plunge and come up with a business plan? That has yet to be seen.
2. Join a hip-hop dance troupe
I’m not gonna lie, I’m a pretty decent dancer (although with each passing year I think I become a little more awkward). I can pick up the moves in my Zumba class in a heartbeat (even if it involves some flailing on my end). In my younger days I would be complimented on my mad dance skills at the club. (Or at the very least it was a really good pick-up line!) But me doing hip-hop? Ha! But it is dream of mine to actually learn to dance, a-la So You Think You Can Dance style.
3. Write a book
I’ve discovered through blogging that I really enjoy writing. How much fun would be to have a book published? What said book would be about, I have no idea, but I like the idea of people being entertained by my words.
4. Become a concert pianist
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I took pianos lessons for eight years, and I was actually quite good by the end (ok, apparently this is my day to brag). But I hated performing in front of people. Plus my hands are kinda small (especially given my height) and my fingers wouldn’t properly stretch over the more complex chords. So I started to get frustrated. And then life as a high-schooler got really busy, so I stopped taking lessons. But I have always loved playing the piano. When I go home to my parents’ I can’t help but playing a few of my favorite classical pieces. (Moonlight Sonota, anyone?) I would love to really get good at it again, but I let the fear of not being that good get in the way of seriously pursuing it further.
5. Be in the Vagina Monologues
Every year in college I would go to see our schools’ production of it, and every year I secretly wished I had the guts to try out for it. I think it is an awesome show, but I don’t know if I have it in me to make orgasm sounds in front of an audience.
Now it’s your turn: What would you do if you had no fear?
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