Hebrew 11:1, Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
How many of you are tired of hearing that college will be the best four years of your lives? I get it. That proclamation might be a bit of an over-exaggeration, but college indeed is one of the best times of your lives to soul-search. When you’re away at college, you finally have the opportunity to pursue your passions or, even better, discover new ones, so what are you waiting for?
Trying new things can be uncomfortable, especially when you’re in an unfamiliar environment. But if you never try your hand at new things, you’ll never know what you might be missing. Are you struggling to break out of your shell? Is anxiety holding you back from your passions? Don’t let it. Here are reminders to encourage you when you feel afraid of trying something new. When starting Dear Life, I remember being scared of what was to come, but I remember my pastor telling me to read Hebrew 11:1. The scripture reads, Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we don’t see.
Reminder: There’s no better time than the present.
You guys, time flies. I promise you that you will look up one day and be shocked that your college graduation is only a month away. Don’t let time pass you by. Carpe Diem make the most of the present time and give little thought to the future. Seize the moment. You only get four years, and if you drag your feet too long before trying something, it might be too late even to try! If there’s something, you’ve been itching to do or have been the slightest bit curious about doing, just go for it.
Reminder: Your life before college does not dictate your life in college.
If you were an athlete in high school, that doesn’t mean you have to be a college athlete. If you were an art kid in high school, you don’t have to pursue art in school. You get the picture. Just because you were interested in one thing before college doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to explore different outlets in college. Naturally, your interests might change in college, and you are allowed to continue to evolve after high school.
Reminder: It’s okay to be afraid. In fact, it’s completely normal.
Change can be scary. If you’re feeling anxious about stepping out of your comfort zone, don’t take your nervousness as a signal not to try a new thing. Butterflies are to be expected before embarking on a new adventure! Think of it as the storm before the calm. If you’ve been too shy to attend that club meeting or whatever the case may be, next time, take a deep breath and power through! Your nerves are normal, and once you take that first step, your anxiety will quickly dissipate into excitement.
Stepping out of your comfort zone can be unsettling and uncomfortable when you’re in a new environment. But the truth is, unless you permit yourself to step outside of your comfort zone, you won’t. Next semester, don’t let life pass you by. Recall these reminders, and then step out on faith. You will never regret taking the leap to pursue your passions, so don’t hold yourself back and go for it!