Goodbye Fear, Hello Life

No one has went through life without fearful feelings. One who says he/she has is too afraid to admit it. Maybe you are afraid of roller coasters, flying, trying out for a team of some sort, falling in love, or admitting your true feelings. I want each reader to take a moment to think of some of your fears.

Now that you have thought of your fear ask yourself if you are letting it stop you from taking a chance. As adults how many of us let the “fear of striking out keep us out of the game?” Chances are at least one of your fears has stopped you from taking a chance in life. Is this fear truly worth it in the end?

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If fear is holding you back try these three steps:
Take it easy: Break down your fear into small steps and start taking these steps.
Stick with it: Just because you get a strange feeling at first don’t give up. Never give up!
Make it a habit: Keep pushing through until you find yourself laughing at this fear.

We are only given one life to live; in the end we only regret the chances we didn’t take. Let today be the first step to conquering your fear. Get on an airplane, go to an amusement park, try out for that sports team, tell your best friend you love them, whatever the fear and go conquer it.

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Timekeeper

When a friend suggests you do something, chances are you are going to do it. While stressing over finals, what I am going to do after graduation, my future, etc. I knew I had zero time to read a book for leisure. After he finished the book for the second time, I found myself once again being told I need to read it. Finally I listened to my friend and started searching for the book that was supposed to change my life.

There was a time when I was all about reading, however, as I started becoming more involved with school activities my desire to read slowly vanished. After graduating college my desire to read finally started to reappear. As Pablo Neruda once said, “The books that help you most are those which make you think that most.” and The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom does exactly that. I am beyond pleased that this was the book I chose to begin my new path of reading with.

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“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.” ― Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper

I, like many of you, have found myself fretting over time. Wanting more time in a day, more time with loved ones, time to change and/or fix a past mistake, extra time to figure out future plans, the list goes on and on. Worrying about not having enough time to travel, not enough time to live and love, not enough time to finish a project, this list also goes on and on. What good does it do to worry? Does worrying add more time? Instead of worrying about time we all need to learn to live for the moment and follow our hearts. -“There is a reason God limits our days.” -“Why?” -“To make each one precious.” Each day is supposed to be precious and meaningful, however, by worrying about time days are not precious. Counting time is not going to change the past or add days. Tomorrow is not promised. “When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”

I highly recommend to everyone find time read The Time Keeper.  “Ends are for yesterday, not tomorrows.”

If I Could Turn Back Time

To: Sarah Elizabeth Corbett (age 14)
From: Sarah Elizabeth Corbett (age 21)

Dear Sarah,

I know this may sound a little strange, but I am writing this letter to you from the future.  I know you are sitting there questioning if this is really me, so I will prove it to you: I know you still continue to sleep with Tag Baby and Pony even though your mother tells you constantly you should put them up because they are fragile. I know your walls are covered with various pictures of memories you never want to forget, and that you are doing everything you can to become the Valedictorian of your senior class.  Who else would know all of this, except for yourself?

I will make this as short as possible, as I know you are overwhelmed with school work and all of your extracurricular activities.

I have some amazing news for you!  You are playing basketball at Pikeville College (which is now the University of Pikeville) and pursuing your dreams.  It’s like Walt Disney said “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”  Courage takes on so many forms:

  • courage to set goals
  • courage to take risks
  • courage to let go and move on
  • courage to follow dreams

Your high school years go by quickly, but you have to take the time to set your goals.  Remember to savor each moment and treasure the memories that each experience evokes.  There will be times you want to give up, but know there isn’t a challenge you can’t face.  Don’t worry about the heartache you will experience from puppy-love. You have a huge life ahead of you.  Don’t enter college thinking it’s just like high school; you will have to learn how to study and manage your time. Never be too shy to ask for help.  Above all, remember to believe in yourself and to utilize your resources. Never-give-up-on-your-dream  psu-to-do-list

I am here to help you enjoy your life in high school more than I know you already will!  Now go show the world just what Sarah can do!

Lots of love,
the older Sarah