Being bold takes practice. My current attempt at boldness? Sharing what I know by writing these blogs knowing some people will not like or agree with what I write or that they may not even be read by other people. But I do it anyway to share what I know.
In high school, I was not bold. I didn’t try new things or reach outside my circle of friends. I wanted to be more involved but really, I was just a chicken. I did what I needed to do an got through it – but I missed out on a lot of friendships and opportunities, and in being myself. When I got to college, I realized I had a clean slate to be whoever I wanted to be.
What I mean by Be Bold is to challenge yourself to do something outside your comfort zone. Stretch yourself to reach beyond what you think is easy or popular and do something you’ve always wanted to do but maybe were too timid to do it. And I’m talking positive, healthy actions here! 🙂
Perhaps taking an AP class would be a challenge, or talking to a teacher about the difficulty you’re having in class, or being kind to someone who is not popular, or running for a position in student government, or trying to change a school policy you feel is not fair to students.
I have found that the fear of what others might think or say, and the worry that comes with it, is rarely founded. Yes, it’s not easy to be yourself in high school because you are still figuring out who you are. Take small steps now to be the person you want to be, the best person you can become. And as you try new things, whether they are a big hit or don’t work out, continue to be bold and stretch yourself. Practice will make you more comfortable with taking positive and meaningful risks. And thoughtful risk-taking will put you far ahead of those just wanting to be popular and not being their true selves.
How will you be bold this month? I’d like to hear. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to send me an email.
Thanks for reading. Make it a great (and bold!) day!