This is a reminder for myself, and for anyone else who needs it: try everything, and ask for everything. This is not meant to contradict my previous post about no more platitudes about life. This is not to say that we should all be out “doing only the thing we love” or “traveling the world in order to live” or anything like that. I understand better than many the financial and social limits to that kind of living. What I am saying, to myself and to you, is this: those things you technically COULD do, or try, or ask for, or apply for – those promotions, those grants, those vacations, those people you want to ask out, those new hobbies you want to try, those things you technically could do but feel you aren’t prepared for, or don’t deserve, or will be rejected for, or will feel guilty about – TRY THEM ANYWAY.
TRY EVERYTHING AND ASK FOR EVERYTHING ANYWAY. BECAUSE MY GOD YOU NEVER KNOW WHEN IT MIGHT BE THE BEST THING YOU EVER DID. BECAUSE THE WORST THING THEY CAN DO IS SAY NO. AND THEY MIGHT NOT. BECAUSE SITTING ON YOUR ASS (AND MY ASS) BEING AFRAID TO TRY IS NOT DOING ANYONE, LEAST OF ALL YOURSELF, ANY DAMN GOOD. BECAUSE IF YOU TRY YOU MIGHT NOT SUCCEED, BUT IF YOU DON’T TRY YOU’LL NEVER DO ANYTHING OR HAVE ANYTHING AT ALL.