That brilliant girl is my niece. No, not the one in the T- Shirt, the one in the Hawk costume. Thanks to Facebook, I found out she’s the mascot at my Alma Mater (her soon to be Alma Mater). As soon as I saw this picture, I thought… “How cool!? That’s awesome that Nya’s doing that, but I couldn’t have been our school’s mascot, people would have thought I was crazy.”
My thought immediately following that first thought was… “What in the world?! That doesn’t even make sense.”
This got me to thinking, how many times have I chosen not do something because of what I thought other people would think? For that reason I’ve compiled a list of things that I thought twice about doing, why I thought twice about doing them and what the potential positive outcome would have been had I followed through and said, Who Cares!
|WHAT IF I …||NO WAY PEOPLE WILL THINK …||BUT IF I HAD…|
|Wear my favorite pair of Lime Green Sparkly Jeans to HS||I’m Crazy||Oh wait… I did that|
|Ask my crush to homecoming||I’m Desperate||We could be married with 5 kids… Ok not really, but maybe I would have had a lot of fun?|
|Go to that birthday party alone||I’m Weird||I could have made a new friend or caught up with an old one|
|Buy those UGG slippers with the fur inside||I Have bad taste||I would have had one less blister from the high heels I bought instead|
|Make that phone call after I already emailed||I’m pushy||I would have gotten my information 24 hours earlier. I finally did call the next day.|
|Write this Post||I’m silly||One person might decide “I’m silly for letting people effect my decisions.”|
The people closest to me will notice that most of these things don’t matter to me anymore. But whenever I catch myself making decisions unnecessarily more complicated than they need to be by factoring in others’ opinions, I take a step back and start over. I’m sure there are incidences that I could add to this list. Hopefully you don’t have any- or if you do you’ll able to catch yourself before you care too much.
What have you thought twice about doing?