No matter who you are or what you do, you’re always going to have regrets in life. And God, do they sting! It is only wise then to minimize them instead of hoping for total elimination.
And how do you minimize regrets?
By taking chances.
By doing the things you want to do, not the things you are expected to do.
By being brave enough to stay true to yourself.
‘Cos at the end of the day? You have to deal with the person staring back at you in the mirror.
Oscar Wilde said,”Women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.”
A great quote, no doubt. But I beg to differ.
Women are meant to be loved, THEN understood.
Because if you try to understand one before you love her, you will most probably give up mid-way. It takes a lot of time and effort to get to really know a woman. But it is well worth it in the end, isn’t it?
Dry mouth. Pounding heart. Weak knees. All this and more would happen to me at the faintest possibility of a public speaking opportunity. In cases where it had simply to be done, I would rush through it – tripping over words, barely audible. Little wonder then that it has been one of my biggest fears for years. I avoided it like the plague, thinking that I am never going to really need it anyway. But life has a funny way of proving our convictions wrong, doesn’t it?
Turns out I am going to be needing it right away! I have been contacting quite a few influentials since February, and unfortunately, the response has been meh. My publisher and I have decided to change the approach: instead of contacting them by email, we will try to meet them personally. Which means instead of a convenient email, I will have to talk to them face to face. Get them interested in my book in 5 minutes or less. And the bigger problem is not that it’s intimidating, it’s that my elevator pitch sucks.
Well anyway, if it’s broke, it can be fixed, right? I am going to be joining Toastmasters to deal with my crippling fear of speaking in public. And who knows, maybe it will help me transition from a bathroom singer to a karaoke enthusiast 😉