The festive period is full of food, drink and a lot of catching up with family and friends you haven't seen since last Christmas. Which means we are all faced the inevitable questions of So what are you doing these days?, Are you seeing anyone? What are you going to do next? These questions can pose bring forward a whole host of emotions as a lot of the time many of us don't know what the hell we are doing or why we are doing it.
Instead of dreading them I chose to embrace those inevitable questions and take a leap of faith. I finally started to tell people that I was writing a book which will be released in the next few months. I have been so scared to tell people as I assumed it would be met with a stream of negative questions. But I couldn't have been more wrong. Each person I told was excited and intrigued about what I was up to. I had built it up in my head that people would think I was ridiculous doing this but instead they were excited and kept asking when they could buy a copy.
I believe that particularly in the UK we are experts in what I like to call 'the compliment wrapped in an insult'. You know what I'm talking about. When you tell someone you got a promotions and the response is 'Congratulations, that's great. But wont that mean much longer hours, you're going to be exhausted'. My grandmothers generation are pros at this. But we need to move away from that mindset and stop looking for the negatives in a situation. I am perfectly aware that this project could be a complete and utter failure and I thought that everyone would be reminding me of this fact constantly but no, they had nothing but positive vibes. I think this shows that if you take the leap to do something different people will support you, you just need to have a little more faith in whats out there. So next time someone has news to tell you, take a moment, congratulate and most of all ask how you can help because someone wanting to be a part of your adventure is the best thing you could ask for when you shitting yourself about how it is going to pan out.