Shots We Don’t Take

This face was supposed to be my version of a Boticelli lady. I love Boticelli so much and wanted to give it a try. It’s not perfect in any way but I love it anyway. I love that I tried.

Here’s the quote from today:

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.

This is one of those “so obvious and yet we forget so often” quotes. Clearly if you’re not taking a shot, you’re not going to make it. But we’re often so afraid of failing, we don’t even try. And I’m not even talking about the really big stuff. I can see how moving to a new place, starting (or ending) a relationship, changing jobs, etc can be really scary.

But we often don’t even take chances in the small stuff: our hobbies, our wardrobe, our hair.

We don’t take the shot. We don’t want to disappoint, fail, look ridiculous. We don’t have to patience to see it through. We don’t want to work at it. We don’t have the time. We are worried about not meeting expectations. We don’t always even know what we expect.

So we take the easy route: we don’t even try.

But, then we miss out on the joy too.

The joy of accomplishing hard work. The joy of finding a new style that really speaks to us. The joy of becoming a little bit more authentically ourselves.

So maybe we start small and take some of those little shots.

Even if we miss 95% of the time, that’s better than 100%, isn’t it?

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