I can’t find the origin of that statement — I’ve used it for over twenty years — and fear it may be lost. I’ll use it anyway.
I sat down to write a post on last Saturday’s Women’s March, 2018. Pictures and all. Then, I read the New York Times’ story on the Women’s March, 2018. Here’s the excerpt that got me:
Ashley Bennett, a Democrat from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., unseated a longtime local Republican politician in her first campaign for office last November. She ran for Atlantic County freeholder against John L. Carman after he posted a meme on Facebook during last year’s march asking, “Will the women’s protest be over in time for them to cook dinner?”
Ms. Bennett told the crowd at Saturday’s march in New York that she was scared to run at first, and that she asked herself, “Am I the right person? Can I really do this? But then I realized that if you wait until you feel ready, you may never take action.”
“If you wait until you feel ready, you may never take action.” Ashley Bennett
Another way to ask this is, “What might I do if I knew I wouldn’t fail?”
And so, in its way, this became a post about finding our courage. We all have it, you know. We all have enough. It’s there, waiting to serve us; sometimes it’s just a bit hard to find.
[learn_more caption=”For a quick look at ‘risk’ from another POV, open this window.”] There’s quite a bit of research in social psychology about how people perceive risk, how what looks “risky” to one may not look so to another. Risk is subjective.
I first learned this in 1982 in grad school (my sociology grad school, as opposed to my poli sci grad school, ten years later). Each of the students in the social psych seminar had to choose one area of the field and present on it. My friend Debbie chose “the perception of risk” and she taught us a lot.
She used astronauts for her example: sitting in a space capsule about to be launched, most of us would feel that was too risky to try. But astronauts would not look at it the same way (so went her presentation). They have experience, training, practice, etc. And having those, minimizes our perception of the risk.
This was four years before the Challenger exploded upon take off. (January 28, 1986. The 32nd anniversary of that is coming up on Sunday!)
In hindsight, while the 0-rings were the physical cause, we now know that the more fundamental problem was that, in favor of public relations, risk was minimized. A tragic lesson in the importance of assessing risk.
How do you fare on assessing “risk?”[/learn_more]
How about you? What are you waiting to do until you feel ready?
Next week: The Curse of the Handwritten Note
HEADS UP: Sunday, February 11, I’ll be the featured author on the facebook group We Love Memoirs’ Sunday Spotlight. It’s a chance for readers to “ask me anything” (as they like to say). I may just tell the story of how I nearly married Elton John (if anyone should ask). And will certainly talk a bit about writing my memoir and the experiences I pulled from. I hope you’ll stop in and say hello. It’s a closed group, so you’ll need to “join” first — easy, peasy. Need more info? Check out their ad in the sidebar to your right and down a bit.