I remember the first time I went to the movies by myself. I was so uncomfortable. I thought I was crazy for thinking it was a good idea. But I stayed, and tried it again, and it got easier. Now I don’t even think twice about going to movies by myself, I’ve been doing it for so long. In fact, when I go to movies with people, I start to feel a little uncomfortable.
When I moved to Ohio, it quickly became clear that I hadn’t thought through all the ramifications. I had never moved somewhere all by myself. I didn’t know ANYONE. So I went to church functions. By myself. And it was uncomfortable at first, but I ended up forging some of my most cherished friendships ever.
Tonight, I went to a dinner group. I knew no one. I went by myself. During the 20 minute drive, I was still on the fence about going. I could always turn around. But then I thought about going to the movies, and my time in Ohio, and I remembered what my good friend Sarah has said many times: “I can do hard things.” So to the dinner I went.
And I had a great time.
So today, I am grateful that during my life, I have learned to take risks. Risks in many different forms–making friends, changing careers, falling in love. I can do hard things. And I know I can.
4 thoughts on “I Can Do Hard Things.”
I daresay some of your best posts ever have been in the past two weeks.>>There is a Life is Good t-shirt I want that says something like “there are always flowers for those who want to see them”. So true.
This is a great post. Thanks!
when i read the headline i smiled and thought “i like to say that too!” then when i saw that you were quoting “sarah” i thought – hey i think that’s me! unless you have other sarah friends. thanks! and thanks for the reminder. life is full of hard things. i went vt last night and we had a great discussion about hope. there’s a scripture about how eye hath not seen what god has in store for you (close enough) – and i think your post is testimony of that. glad it was worth it!
Deanne–I need to get me one of those shirts.>>Sherpa–You’re welcome! And I’m glad you like the post.>>Sarah–yes indeed, you are THE Sarah. 🙂