Saturday, March 29, 2014

Fear Not

A few days ago I finished reading a great book that truly put certain things in perspective. I strongly recommend The Alchemist, a tale of a shepherd on his way to finding treasure in the Pyramids in Egypt and ultimately learning the deepest secrets and lessons of life. As I was reading it, there were a few points I wanted to highlight for further consideration and possibly to write about them here in a series of posts. However, after a few pages I realized that it would mean highlighting pretty much the entire book as every thought had provoked some sort of thinking. One thought, however, had really struck my attention: “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” Isn’t it true? Think about it. Each and every one of us has access to the greatest resources our lives have to offer. It is a matter of allowing ourselves to let what we wish for into our lives. However, only a handful of people believe that they deserve it all, while the rest of us opt out for only dreaming of having something. Why is that? It’s quite simple actually – we are afraid that trying to achieve something will just leave us disappointed, that we won’t be able to achieve that final destination and will only ‘lose the game.’ If that does happen, though, are you really losing anything? I think not. The only thing you are losing is this meaningless dreaming about something that’s not meant for you. If you try something and ‘fail’, this will only give you a reason to move on and try something else. If you think about it this way you will realize that there is no such thing as failing. Any ‘failure’ is a means of gaining new experience, new dream and a new goal. So go ahead, do what you are afraid to do. Force yourself through it and you will see just how much is possible. 

Doing what makes me happy – dressing up, posing, posting; to the good times and many many more of these to come:


  1. Wow, Olga! Great post! Totally agree with you!

  2. Olga, there are many expressions/affirmations your post reminded me of: "Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game," is one of my favorites. My top pick is "Nothing to prove; nothing to hide; nothing and no one to fear." Fear can be so paralyzing or at least limiting. Trying and failing makes life so much more interesting. The world is full of people who are too scared to try new things. I am glad you are exploring your interests and doing what makes you happy. Great pictures. Michigan has lots of scenic places, in case you tire of the East Coast.