Sometimes we want to do things in life, but often fear appears to hold us back. We have our heart set out to do something but the negative voices in our heads seems so loud. What we most desired, suddenly brings a crippling fear into our hearts because we fear one thing, failure. Essentially the fear of failure prevents us from pursing the thing we set out to do, and though we don’t want to chase after it anymore, we also can’t stop thinking about it.
If there is one thing you have always wanted, go for it. It sounds cliché but there’s no harm in trying. The leap of faith that comes with pursuing your desires fills you with so much adrenaline that the whole process becomes one amazing journey of discovery and definitely one of growth. In all honesty, what’s the worst that can happen? The worst-case scenario in all of this, is not making that decision to go for it and regretting it; living with complacency is a heavier burden.
Quick story-time on how I kept those things in mind when I decided to create a Ghanaian Society at my university at the end of my first year.
The idea first came about when I was walking around the clubs and societies fair at the beginning of first year. There, I saw so many different clubs and societies. It’s as if there was a society for everything and everyone except a Ghanaian Society. Prior to attending university, I noticed that there were Ghanaian Societies at several universities across the country, so naturally I assumed that the Uni I was attending would have one. So, when I didn’t see one at the clubs and societies fair, I was very surprised.
From that day onwards, any and every Ghanaian person that I would meet, I’d encourage them to join me in my pursuit to create a Ghanaian Society. I know some people probably didn’t take me seriously and they doubted me. But it was one of those ‘if I don’t do it, who will?’ sort of thing!
If I’m honest, the process to create the society was tiring. I had to fill in forms, carry out a presentation and answer questions, before the society could become official. Creating the society was the first hurdle, I was then faced with making sure that the society itself was a success and that it ran smoothly no matter the event; I think that was the scariest part of it all. Despite my fears and anxiety about it, I still went ahead with ensuring the society’s success along with the people on my team and I can confirm that everything has been good so far.
Overall it hasn’t always been easy and if I am honest there’s been plenty of times where I’ve wanted to give up because everything felt overwhelming or things were just going wrong. But I persisted. I had to constantly remind myself why I wanted to make this happen in the first place.
The moral of this story is, no matter how challenging or almost impossible things may seem, they always work out. The journey in executing your vision may not be easy but it will be worthwhile, especially when you reflect and are amazed by what you have achieved.