If I had to be completely honest with myself, 1992-2016 were fairly "safe" years for me. I always stayed in my lane, very rarely getting out of my comfort zone and always succumbing to the more introverted side of my personality.
A lot of things have happened in the last year. I have been tested physically, emotionally, and mentally everyday and though it all I've come to the realization that I am much stronger that I thought I was and I miss a lot of opportunities because I doubt myself and let fear dictate a lot of my decisions.
So, about 3 months ago I decided to change that.
I'm going to do me best to say yes to as many things as I possibly can (within reason). So far it has bred a lot of cool experiences: I went to Miami for the first time and went to Ultra Music Festival where I dance with a beautiful Ukrainian woman. I smoked hookah beachside with a couple friends and people I met while clubbing. I played in beach ultimate frisbee tournaments in Destin, Florida and Savannah, Georgia. I got drunk on a party bus to a baseball game and someone came up about $40 richer (still not 100% sure how). I've been actively dating for the first time in my life. I'm typing this from a cabin in the mountains of North Carolina after coming to the conclusion that life was driving me caraway and I neede to get away.
Next weekend I'm going to Canada for the first time for the wedding of 2 incredible people (friends I made here in the community!) and 2 weeks after that I'll be in Austin prepping to PA for someone at RTX.
RTX London is in my future as is the potential to be truly happy for the first time in a long time.
Fortune favors the bold is my motto for now and while things are still scary and I still second guess myself a lot, saying yes to more things have taught me how to manage my fear. So here's to more amazing adventures, incredible mistakes, and a veritable life-brary of stories I'm sure to accrue.