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Propelled by Discomfort & Fear

“The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” —Rosie Hardy

Have you ever felt so inspired by something or someone that suddenly you felt less worthy, less important?

I have. Sometimes I leave my Google Reader closed because I’m too exhausted to desire the inspiration, to do the great things everyone else is doing. Sometimes I feel left behind, like I’m watching this amazing party bus drive past me, seeing laughing faces from the windows.

Yet, it’s this part of the quote that truly inspires me: “For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.” We must use our discomforts and fears to move us.

How? First, ask yourself, “What am I really good at?” Sit down and truly dig deep to find something you feel very confident about. Are you a great encourager? Consistent in style? Make people feel at ease? Great at telling stories? Articulate your strengths on paper.

Look through your list. Pick one. Now, hold on to it. Because we simply cannot-do-everything-that-everyone-else-is-doing.

As a photographer, I am so guilty of this. But I need to let those that are amazing at prop photography be amazing at that. Allow those who are incredible at web design be what they are. Because in the end, anyone can have Photoshop or a fancy product—but they can’t have you. If we continue to waste time buying resources to make us into other people, we will hardly amount to the greatness that we can be. Strengthen who you are. In other words, focus on your personal strength—the one that you know is truly yours—then challenge that trait to grow.

Consider this my personal thank you to the party bus for leaving me behind sometimes. It has often dropped me off at my own finest moments.

Photograph via Imaginale Design.

Alejandra Vidal
By: guest

9 Comments

  1. You talk straight heart-to-heart here. I know this too so well. It’s often when glazing at our fears we find the way out and on. Thanks!

  2. emily says:

    Thank you so much, Alejandra, for this lovely post. Man, oh man… it really hits home. I’ve been struggling with this overwhelming feeling of not knowing where I fit in. I have a job, I have a career, but what am I truly passionate about? Where is my energy and talent better spent? What is going to make me the happiest? I like the idea of making a list—even though I make tons of them in a day, this is one I hadn’t thought of. Thanks for the little push I needed. xo

  3. Ashley says:

    Thank you for the amazing quote. I’m not a photographer but am inspired by your words. Discomfort is sometimes only looked at in a very literal way, yet when you use it sincerely suddenly it becomes round in concept. We can manipulate it to better ourselves and to continue to grow as people.

  4. Anh Nguyen says:

    This article hits home for me, because that’s exactly how I feel. Thank you for the tips! I find that when I start to feel uncomfortable and restless, it is an indication that I need to assess my life and goals, and stop being so complacent!

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  8. Lauran says:

    Hi. Thought I’d share my new favorite quote with you – sounds like you could use it. “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Don’t know who said it but I repeat it to myself at least once per day!

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