Yesterday as I was writing about the Un-Job Fair at Colorado Free University, which will be held on Saturday, May 31st, I suddenly realized that it was the 12-year anniversary of my last day as a patent paralegal for a nationwide corporate law firm. I was excited to note that is was the exact same day because it brought the past 12-year journey into high relief. I’ve begun to ask myself, what life lessons have I gained over the past 12 years that could make the next 12-year journey even better?
One of the biggest changes was overcoming debilitating depression. Looking back I understand now that for me depression was a coping mechanism; it had become a habitual way of dealing with problems, or shall I say, avoiding them altogether.
So one of the biggest life lessons I learned was that if no one has died, problems are never as bad as we imagine them to be.
This goes hand-in-hand with what I wrote yesterday about being willing to take risks. As the saying goes, “The only thing to fear is fear, itself.” That was proven to me over the past 12 years. Fear always held me back. It never really protected me.
As a practice, I’ve started to ask myself, “Is fear holding me back in this moment?” If it is, then my challenge is to find a way to move through it.
When you look back on the past 12 years of your life, what are the most important life lessons that you have learned?