A few weeks ago, I went to Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park to see King Lear.
I didn’t know that in this rendition, King Lear was played by John Lithgow, who was the main character on that old TV show 3rd Rock from the Sun. He was absolutely amazing. He is 68 years old and plays a man that is crazy and extremely emotional and angry. Not an easy role to play!
It was so inspiring to watch these actors play some really difficult roles under really difficult circumstances, out in the open air (planes were flying by), LIVE on stage in front of an entire audience.
There are no do overs, or edits. What you give to the stage and the audience is what you leave out there. Yet every night they get on stage and give it their all, for the audience, their fellow actors, and in honor of the role they are playing. It takes guts.
So here’s my point…
When was the last time you have done something that was that bold in your life?
Something outside of your daily routine that scared you? That risked rejection?
You see, as an actor you are rejected over and over and over again in pursuit of your dream and passion.
When it comes to LOVE, it is easy to experience rejection and want to crawl back into your shell.
It takes courage to come back out and try again at love, in trusting men, and say, “I know the man I am meant to be with exists”.
Even right now in this moment, putting yourself out there probably feels a little scary, right?
So, I want to challenge you to do something bold.
If you see someone you think is cute at a coffee shop, tell them.
Smile at a man across the room signaling your interest.
Strike up a conversation with a man you like.
Write your number on the back of a napkin and give it to a man you would like to ask you out.
Tell a man that isn’t treating you right, that you deserved to be treated better, and that you are moving on.
In the mirror, out loud, say to yourself “I love myself” (I know this seems simple – it isn’t).
These are activities that make us feel weird and uncomfortable because it is outside of our comfort zone. It is BOLD.
But the more you give yourself permission to make a fool out of yourself or take a small risk, the easier it gets to encounter rejection, and know that you can keep going.
This week, I’m taking my own advice and I’m going to tell a friend how I would like a better relationship with her and talk through why we haven’t been connecting lately. This is scary for me.
But when there is fear, that’s when you know you are on to something profound.
On the other side of that scary feeling is a lot of power and confidence.
So tell me in the comments below, what action you are going to take?
I’m right there with you!