When was the last time you went somewhere new? When was the last time you collected stories to tell your friends and children? When was the last time you took pictures in an exotic place? When was the last time you saw all your friends? Or made new ones?
Many people live in fear. Fear of experiences. Fear of mistakes. Fear of foreigners. Fear of investing money and time in themselves. Fear of regret.
Three months ago, I didn’t know when I would leave Brazil for the first time. Two months and a half ago, I was landing in Nigeria, Africa. Two months ago, I already had people I would call my Nigerian brothers for the rest of my life. One month and a half ago, I was public speaking to five hundred Nigerians about cancer. One month ago, I was inside a bus, travelling in the Nigerian roads, the only white person inside, and the Nigerian military looking through our windows, inspecting who and what was inside, with machine guns in hand. Half a month ago, I was coming back to Brazil, my heart heavy for the friends I was leaving behind.
Are you living your life to the fullest? Maybe you care too much about money, about what you have instead of what you’ve lived. Maybe you care too much about your health, when in fact it doesn’t matter where you are, you can get sick anywhere. Maybe you care too much about comfort, when life actually happens outside of your comfort zone.
Stop fear from stealing life out of your time left. Stop fear from letting you waste oportunities in life. Seize every single one. If you want to travel, pack your bags and go. If you want to visit a friend you haven’t seen in a lifetime, don’t let fear stop you. Life is a continuous trade-off: anything you do, you’re already letting other things down. And the worst trade-off is when you choose to wait: you let everything down. Because nothing happened.
Bonus tip: sometimes fear disguises itself in too much planning.