“Do the things that scare you but feel right”

The Great Wall of China

Last Friday I headed towards the Guangzhou Library in the modern Zhujiang New Town district to participate in the 3rd Women in Business Forum. I’d just heard about the event the day before at Guangzhou Stuff and decided to go. The event included four inspirational speakers, but the presentation I loved the most was Meera Saujani’s.

Meera graduated from Oxford (only because her high school teacher advised her to apply, she thought it would be impossible to get in), worked in advertising and then decided to travel the world for one year in 2011. After the amazing trip she went back to the UK to work for the BBC, but left again in 2013 to work in Shanghai for the British Council.

The main thought behind her brilliant presentation was to “Do the things that scare you but feel right”. It reminded me of my decision to move to China. Applying for the study exchange was pretty easy, I didn’t even know if I would get in or not. Then the news came and it was suddenly very real that I was going to the Middle Kingdom, at least for one semester.

I started planning and preparing. Put my belongings in the storage, sub-rented my apartment and packed my rucksack. Two weeks before my flight I got scared. Was this really what I wanted to do? Would I end up hating the life in China and lose my interest towards the culture and the language? What fs my expectations were just too big?

In her speech Meera was talking about the same thing, that she was terrified before her one year trip across the world. But in her life, and I think I’ve done the same too, she pursues to do those things that scare her but still feel right to her.

I remember having a lunch with a reader last year that was traveling in Guangzhou. She had this dream of moving to China, but she was afraid to leave her job, apartment, family and friends back home. In other words, she was afraid to leave her comfort zone. I haven’t heard from her since, but if you are reading this right now, I still advice you to make your dreams come true.

Right  now I also have things that I want to do, but are a bit scary to put in action. While listening to Meera’s presentation I realized that doing it really feels right for me, it’s something that I just might be meant to do. I’ve also recently met a new friend who has encouraged me to pursue the dream. Hopefully I can write about it soon to all of you!

Do you have dreams that you want to make true but are afraid to do so? Do they still feel right in your mind and heart? What has kept you from pursuing the dreams or how did you decide to take the first step towards making them true?

  • Kaiser

    我不尊重守株待兔的人。我尊重愚公移山的人。

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    Well said!

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  • Kaiser

    一兆三千四百二十六亿两千八百二十四万七千九百二十一。 Writing that number in Chinese was scary but felt I should write it anyway. So I did.

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    Kaiser Reply:

    Let’s write it in English for fun. One trillion three hundred forty two billion six hundred twenty eight million two hundred forty seven thousand nine hundred twenty one.

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  • Sevdeho

    I decided to study university in china and I did my application for launguage school.Its pretty scaey cause I have never been abroad ,I hope I made the right desicion :)

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    Kelvin lai Reply:

    You did.

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    You will learn a lot by living and studying abroad! It’s probably going to be one of the most exciting adventures of your life. Good luck!

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  • Good luck with everything! I’ve always wanted to publish a poetry book but never felt like it was possible. :)

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    Of course it’s possible :) Have you started written it yet?

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    Eileen Huang Reply:

    I wrote two poems! haha. :)

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    Sara Jaaksola Reply:

    That is a start! :) Keep on going!

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  • I have heard a lot about lang-8, but haven’t used it my self. Has it been helpful for you? I saw that you already got many good corrections to your great piece. Well written!

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