Okay, so this post doesn’t actually have anything to do with the statute of limitations in the legal sense–I just thought it was a clever title. You’ve been punked. I apologize :] Seriously though, I’ve been thinking about something I learned when I was in college–that being that I can do anything I have to. There are certain things, like public speaking, that I would consider nearly impossible for me to do. I’ll cry or pass out or die on stage I tell myself, but then I’m faced with a situation where I absolutely have to do what I think will make cry or die and it turns out, I live.
I had to take two public speaking classes in college, one my freshmen year and the other my senior year. I had two choices: Take and pass both classes or don’t graduate from college. So, I took both classes (and somehow got a good grade in both) and graduated. Before I went to college, I would have told myself public speaking was something I would never and could never do–but I did it, because I had to.
Take it up a notch–public speaking in a foreign language, eek. I was also required to take four semesters of a foreign language in college, and to make sure we all wanted to kill ourselves by the end, we were required to give presentations and speeches in that language in front of class. I’m not going to say I earned a good grade on this one–I just passed somehow, but I did what I otherwise would have sworn impossible, what I would have run from had I not been forced to do it.
Even though overcoming fear and facing difficulties didn’t earn me any college credit per se, it was still one of the most important lessons I learned in school; it’s a lesson I have fallen back on many times since then. Learning to do what I normally wouldn’t have has shown me how brave and determined I can be and it’s shown me an inner strength I never would have recognized had I run from intimidating situations instead of standing my ground and accomplishing my goals.
In life, there are sure to be situations where you have to cross a bridge to reach a goal. You will have two choices: Face your fear and achieve or give into fear and lose your dream–there will be no shortcuts, tricks, or any way around it. When you face these situations, I hope you stand your ground. You will be amazed by how much courage you will have for the next task when you can look back at a previous obstacle you’ve overcome and can remind yourself, “If I got through that, then I can get through this too.”
I believe that each situation I face in life is used by God to change me and prepare me for future tasks and situations. If I refuse to do something I know I should, I will not learn the lessons and gain the courage I need for the next task. In backing down to fear, I start limiting myself and my ability to face greater and greater fears and responsibilities. I don’t know what waits for me down the road–will I lose someone I love, will I be injured, will I face financial difficulty? I don’t know. All I know today is I must face my fear and grow to prepare myself for tomorrow’s challenges–whatever they are.