Today I am joining Lisa-Jo Baker and the community of Five Minute Friday. The idea is to follow the word prompt given by Lisa and write for 5 minutes. Don’t over think it, edit, or plan just write what is in your heart and head.
Today the word is “release”.
When I think about the word release the first thing that comes to mind is release point. Recently I was playing catch with my second son who is 9. Our house is all about baseball all the time. Two boys have played baseball this season and really done well.
You see I played lots of years of sports and loved it all. I was a softball and basketball player. So I have played catch many times. But something happened to me when I was about 18 or so after high school. I had a hard time playing catch. My “release” point was either way to high or way to low. I tried to throw normal and something was wrong. So for many years I just didn’t play. I didn’t want to embarrass myself.
But this particular day we were at the park and he asked me to play catch. I told him I wasn’t very good at throwing any more. He told me it was ok. As we played catch he would encourage me after each throw. “Nice throw Mom” or give me a little instruction about my release point. It was sweet and not too embarrassing. Even when it messed up I kept trying.
So many times in my life I avoid things because I am afraid to fail. It is better to not try than it is to try and be terrible. Why is that? This year I turned 41 and something has happened to me in my 40″s (uh that is crazy to say). I am realizing how much there is to learn still in life. I am missing out on some amazing opportunities by sitting on the sidelines and watching.
One area of my life that I am taking a leap of faith in is blogging. I have read blogs since 2005 and wanted to be a consistent blogger but I was busy and scared. I am not a writer, who will read what I have to write were just a few of my excuses. Well this year I am finally taking the plunge. I am even going to a blogging conference this August in Dallas called Declare. I am so excited and nervous.
I am ready to get up from the sidelines and join the game. Mistakes or not I am excited to see where this blogging journey will take me.
What are you waiting to do? What will it take for you to get up off the sidelines? Join me and take the first step to your next adventure.