By Angelissa Cassiani

Sometimes we deprive ourselves of something good because we’re afraid of what could happen down the line.

A positive opportunity arrives at our feet, waiting for us to open up our hands and take it. Though we have the slight inclination to reach out and take hold of it, out of fear and pride (and maybe a little lassitude and weariness of the heart), we decline because we think of all the possibilities in the future that could lead us away from it – that could make us not want it anymore.

This is harmful, for it impacts our lives in the worst of ways. It deprives ourselves from truly living.

When we decline something we want in favor of the unfavorable possibilities the future might bring, we think we’re being smart. We think we’re in control. But the only thing we’re doing is turning down an opportunity to find happiness now.

And that’s a tragedy.

Because truthfully, we don’t know what the future might bring. A better outcome can happen. A better road – one that we could have never imagined for ourselves – can be waiting as a result of taking the one we took.

Sometimes the scariest things we may face may be our most important invitations for growth – because even though it’s probably the thing we want to do the least, it ends up being the thing we need to do the most. But when we cross that line and do the thing that needs to be done, better opportunities open up for us – a better life starts happening for us.

We mustn’t let fear or doubt cloud our judgement. It only destroys instead of creates. We need to make more choices with our gorgeous, wild, constantly-in-pursuit-of-growth hearts.

Angelissa is a fervent expressionist, cancer-survivor, and truth-seeker,  who aims to write with passion and live her moments through a lens of appreciation. In her free-time, she’s a self-help blogger and aims to help the lives of others by writing for altruistic purposes.

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