The world is a stage. Like everyone else, you get your turn to stand in the lime light and perform.
Silence. All eyes on you. Pitch black everywhere in the audience. Then, the butterflies begin dancing in your belly.
So you’re standing in the light. There’s that pressure on you to perform. Everyone is watching. Everyone is waiting. Some are waiting for you to mess up. You can almost hear their thoughts. Some others are rooting for you. They’re also in that same audience. Everyone has to deal with this, you know? However, not everyone has mastered the art of ignoring the butterflies when the dancing starts.
As your confidence grows, your voice gets bolder. You focus less on what they think. You begin to focus more on who you are, what you have to offer, your values and what you want to be remembered for. It’s ok to falter. Make mistakes, get booed off the stage, stumble and show everyone that you are afraid. You will get over it. You will become better.
It is more about growth than it is about the thundering applause, standing ovation or screams of ‘encore, encore’. Yeah, it feels good, no doubt. But that’s not why you are on that stage. It is about the impact you make and the legacy you will leave behind.
Don’t deprive yourself of living because you were too afraid to step up into the spotlight. Make your mistakes. Learn and recover. Give yourself the chance to grow, blossom and become your best self.