You Can Never Fail at Becoming Yourself

on February 11, 2013 | in Get Real | by

This week’s post is a guest post for my lovely, talented, and wholehearted friend Ms. Stephanie Walker, who has started a super sweet blog project called Today’s Failure. I love it! Check out a quick preview of the post below, and then click on over to read it in its entirety.

I danced twice last week.

On Tuesday I went to Zumba class, failing miserably to keep up as the teacher shook and shimmied with ease.

And Saturday, on my birthday, I took the hand of a good looking stranger and let him lead me around a crowded dance floor over and over again.

Which doesn’t sound like a big deal or anything, but it was because, well– I don’t dance.

See, my whole life I’ve been terrified of embarrassing myself in front of– gasp!– people, and so I’ve often opted to sit fearfully on the sidelines, praying to God that no one pulls me onto the floor where I’ll be forced to put my white girl moves on display.

“My rhythm is horrible!” I tell myself. “And if I can’t do it perfectly and gracefully and awesomely, then I’m not gonna do it at all.”

It’s not just dancing, either: Putting myself out there in any way scares me sh*tless…

Click here to read the full post on Today’s Failure!



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  • Therese, you! Goodness gracious. You are so inspiring. One as cool as you should not be embarrassed to dance! Haven’t you ever seen Elaine from Seinfeld dance? The world is a better place with white girls without moves who love it anyway.

    “No– the biggest failure of all is not to try at all.” You are correct. When I found myself 26, up the corporate ladder in an ill-fitting career and completely miserable without a sense of purpose, I realized that I had to start writing. People me I was a “time waster” and that I wasn’t good enough to get a book published and that I was taken on a mission alone. Imagine if I had listened to them!

    Thanks for your inspiring words!

    • Jody,

      I love you and you are awesome! I’m so glad you didn’t listen to any of those people! <3 <3 <3

  • “When I first started writing my blog almost 2 years ago, I was absolutely petrified– petrified that no one would read it, that people would laugh and sneer and say “Who do you think you are?”

    This is exactly how I have been feeling and why I was dragging my feet to start a blog! I love to write, but I was never sure what to write about or how and was worried that people would judge me. After attending Blissdom this weekend for work, I decided that I didn’t have anything to lose. Caring too much about what other people think has always been an issue of mine that I’ve been trying to work through. So, I just wanted to let you know that I accept your challenge, and I am doing my best to let go of my fear and just live.

    Thanks for the post!

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