I’m entering a contest. A writing contest. SCARY. The Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
I know that I am not going to win this thing. It’s a 1 in 5000 shot. Literally, they accept 5000 entries and choose one winner. There’s no way I have the talent or luck to make it. I spent days, no, weeks, convincing myself not to enter because there was no point. But tonight I said to myself, four hours before the site was open to entries (10 minutes and counting right now), “What the hell? You have nothing to lose!”
Why can’t I think and act like that more often? I never have anything to lose, and yet I live my life in constant fear of failure and rejection. I stop myself from truly living, from taking risks and going after the things I really want because there’s no scariness in the status quo. There’s nothing to be afraid of when you never try for anything.
So, my new motto: What the hell. Give it a whirl. What can it hurt?
When I get hurt, well, that will be another story.