Of course, no one tells you how hard it is to actually do anything you want to do or be anything you want to be. We send wide eyed high school grads off into the real world where their ambitions and dreams crash into reality.
I have slowly realized that my post-college years have been spent, not in wildly, unabashed pursuit of dreams, but in the simple act of self-preservation. I have been trying to hide, to shelter myself from failure.
I suspect that most adults behave this way. How much time do we spend just trying to hide from failure, the way we hid from monsters as children? As when we were children, our imaginations often conjure far scarier monsters than exist in reality.
So earlier this week, I took an informal poll via Facebook and Twitter. The question:
“What would you try if you knew you could not fail?”
Some answers were silly, and some were sad. Some were profound. I found myself laughing one minute, and the next minute desperately wishing that someone’s dream would become reality.
What Would You Try If You Knew You Could Not Fail?
“Run a marathon.” – David
“Go back to school.” – Teressa
“Help others with my talents, free of charge, full time.” – Joshua
“I should probably say something like flying or sharing my faith with some of the great leaders of the world. But I might just go to Vegas.” – John
“I’d become the first middle-aged mom to win a Grammy for her awesome guitar shredding skills.” – Marni
“Marriage.” – Julie
“Write a novel.” – Bethany
“Build a garage.” – Jonathan
“I’d open a craft store with my husband.” – Lissa
“Skydive.” – Jason
“Teach.” – Greg
“Public speaking.” – Chris
“A back flip.” – Kathy
“Be a Broadway star.” – Emily
“I’m working on it. Healing from childhood wounds, raising kids better and writing a book about it.” – Angie
Some dreams are simple. Some are wild and outlandish. But I wonder how many other dreams and goals the fail monster has scared out of us.
I’m feeling a blog series coming on. If you catch me throwing out a new question on Monday, send me an answer, and you’ll probably see yourself here on the blog a few days later.
So, your turn.
What would you try if you knew you could not fail?