Being My Own Hero

Perhaps it is my fear of boredom that has lead me here.

In my notebook, I have a quote of indeterminate origin that I probably wrote down months ago because it struck me as a wordification of a thought I often have.

“To be a hero, hang on for a minute longer”

I could Google it, but heck, I am enjoying the mystery of it so DON’T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME.

I will confess that I’ve spent a long time thinking that people who posted inspirational quotes on Facebook were depressed, lacking on internal motivation and/or were lame. But as I continue to pursue acting I think I finally get it, or maybe I’ve become incredibly lame. Both?

I’ve started living my life with the motto “I am going to do it because it terrifies me.” Similarly, I also dig what winner season five winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Jinkz Monsoon, would say after getting feedback on challenges out of any sane person’s comfort zone “water off a duck’s back.”

Sometimes a mantra or a quote is what we need to convince ourselves that we can do something anxiety-ridden and not only live through it, but that it will help us develop skills and relationships. It’s a great way to shun the devil on your shoulder that is self-doubt.

So far, pushing myself out of my comfort zone has really helped me lead a very entertaining, fulfilling and awkward life ultimately culminating in things like a slow motion bar fight with Dave Koechner (no injuries), seeing my role models perform all the time and being in  television pilot. If you change your frame of thinking from idol to role model, a whole lot is possible.

p.s. named the kitten Elvis <3 <3 <3

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21 thoughts on “Being My Own Hero

  1. I also agree that pushing yourself outside the box is beneficial and it allows you to become a divergent thinker. I found that I was a rigid writer at one point, thinking there was a limit to the ways I could express myself. But now I make sure that stop and make sure that are more creative ways of getting my point across. Great topic.

  2. Hi, your quote matches an old fave of mine.

    “If you don’t like the way you are feeling right now, hang on a minute”.

    Although it’s a little more suited to those of us who aren’t in hero mode because we are just too tired from doing other random stuff.

  3. I enjoyed this post, I loved your words: “I am going to do it because it terrifies me.” And will keep repeating these words as I have a terrifying few weeks in front of me.

  4. Pressing out of your comfort zone. I like it. Been recently testing the bounds myself. Still in the awkward, uncomfortable stage, but I guess I’ll hang on for a minute longer. ;)

  5. Somehow I’ve been following you – not as a lurker, I just don’t remember clicking follow me. I’ve enjoyed and empathized your travels/travails. I’ve been meaning to comment but … Because of your “hang on for minute longer.” Here’s mine ~ With courage greater than your fear, leap into the unknown and you will fly. It’s probably from a Hallmark card, but it works for me. I hope you and Elvis are doing well ~ and I wish you ~ break a leg ????

  6. Ashley ~ Somehow I’ve been following you ~ not as a lurker, I just don’t remember clicking follow me. I enjoy and empathize with you, your journey and travails. Here’s something, probably from a Hallmark card, that has helped me ~ With courage greater than you fear, leap into the unknown and you will fly ! I hope you and Elvis are doing well and I wish you ~ break a leg ?

    Kate

    Kate Rawlins

    http://www.kateswindow.com

  7. Hey, I really liked your post! I’m new to blogging and I just set up one called politicalnoob.com and I don’t know if it is good or not. It’s directed towards people who want to know about politics but can’t understand what the news is trying to say. I tried to simplify some of the issues so that people can start to understand what is going on! I only have like two posts though and if you want to read them and give me some feedback with a comment, that would be really cool! It’s politicalnoob.com if anyone is interested. Again, really great post and I really like your writing!

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