>Growing Up Happens

>I’m not sure what happened to me over the past few months, but lately I feel more confident.  Maybe it’s because I’m slowly approaching 40.  Maybe it’s because I don’t care about the crap I fretted over in my teens and twenties.  Don’t get me wrong, I still have moments of insecurity.

I’m more willing to take a risk.  I’m not ready to jump out of an airplane.  I’m just ready to stop being so afraid of silly crap.  It’s tough to meet new people when you are worried some knife wielding maniac is around every corner. 

OK, maybe I’m not that bad. 

Regardless, at some point in your life you have to decide that you are going to stop whining about the way things are and do something about it.  Every experience I have whether it’s good, bad or otherwise, teaches me something about myself or people.  I know that most people are just as scared and self-conscious as the next guy/gal.  Most people are friendly if you are friendly to them.  Most people are just waiting for you to talk to them.    Eye contact is key.

You won’t die if someone tells you no.  Your ego will get bruised, but that will heal and you’ll probably have a great story to tell.  The people with the bruised egos are the ones who are usually more interesting. 

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