One year, five months, and twenty-two days ago, I embarked on a journey that would change my life forever—I moved to New York City.
I found an amazing job, I was almost done with studying for the CPA license, I had all these bottled up dreams and ambitions that were unceasingly craving to be put to the test and everything just seemed to make sense!
So I thought, “I can do this. I can pack up my things, move to a completely new and different place, leave my home, my friends and my family behind, and just make it happen.”
And so I did.
I've always been very independent, well-traveled; I had already done a six-month study abroad during my junior year in college, how hard could this be? Thing is, during that period of time, I always knew when I was going to come back home from Madrid. My study abroad had an expiration date. But this time, it didn't.
I was going to be taking a huge chance with this. I had absolutely no idea of when was I going to come back home for good, nor of the challenges and obstacles that I was going to face once I moved to the big city. Having to grasp all of this was somehow overwhelmingly exciting, yet incredibly frightening at the same time.
“But this is kind of a huge thing, have you no doubts at all about it?” a friend once asked, just a few days before my one way flight to NYC.
Of course I had doubts, tons of them! I had questions, I was worried and I was terrified. Yes, I was terrified; terrified of leaving home, of leaving all which was so familiar to me, of trading the known for the unknown, of stepping out of my comfort zone, and of taking this extraordinary leap of faith. I mean, it was only natural.
But I'm telling you this, you’ll be insanely surprised about all the amazing things that lie at the other side of fear. Trust me. There is absolutely no better feeling in the world than to establish your own set of goals, to overcome every single roadblock along the way, and to be able to achieve everything you set your will and your heart to, against all odds.
So back in 2013, I was fresh out of college and asking myself the following questions, “Am I truly taking advantage of all the opportunities that this world has to offer? Of my new found freedom, before mortgages, kids and the responsibilities that come along with certain life commitments?”
I don't know, I feel that too many people allow fear to stop them from taking risks, but when you think about it, and like Erica Jong—author of New York Times bestselling novel Fear of Flying once said, “And the trouble is, if you don't risk anything, you risk even more.”
I’m not going to lie, moving to New York was no easy task. It was probably one of the toughest decisions I've ever made, and the adaptation was no piece of cake either. But in hindsight, I learned quite a great deal about taking chances, and if any of this rings a bell, if you are currently thinking about taking a big risk or have simply played around with the idea of going after your dreams once and for all, here’s something that I’d like you to consider:
If you never try, you will never know
As cliché as it sounds, it is absolutely and unequivocally true. How will you know if it’s the right decision if you never take it? Scared of failing? I’d be even more scared of not trying at all! Trying and failing is much more than so many people have to say for themselves now a days. And what if you succeed? What if you go the distance and surpass all of your expectations? Think about it! And if you fail, what’s the worst that could happen? Get up, walk it off, learn from your mistakes, and go at it again!
The first step is the steepest
Taking that first step and committing to your goals can be one hell of a trek. Now, choosing to go out on a limb and taking ownership of your own life is an exceptionally powerful experience. Taking life by the reigns, and your destiny into your own hands will only allow you to rediscover your dreams, longings and ambitions, and it will further aid you to continue to shape the path that lies ahead of you.
Showing up is half the battle
So we already know that it’s not always sugar, spice and everything nice. It will happen, at times you will fail, but you will get up and you will try even harder! At times you will succeed, and with every success you will become much more confident to show up the next day and to face the following challenge, and the next after that!
Looking back is not an option
It's this simple: we can either let fear of what might happen keep us from reaching our goals and fulfilling our dreams, or we can take a leap of faith, and learn as we go! Regardless of, once you take on this journey, there is no turning back. Why? Because some chances don’t come twice in life, and I learned that the hard way. That “perfect moment” does not exist; only you have the power to create that perfect moment for yourself. It's crazy to think that so many people (including myself at times) worry so much about what will happen if they fail, that they tend to lose sight of what could happen if they actually succeeded. It is easy to get backtracked, but if you really want something, go for it, stay focused and keep moving forward.
You will never know what you're capable of if you never put yourself to the test
Person who is reading this, absolutely nothing in this universe can substitute experience. Boom.
Until next time,