Do you ever have experiences where you feel like you have been there before? You meet someone and there’s a sense that you have met them before, but neither of you can think of when or where. Or maybe you feel a sense of being grounded, present and full of joy in other situations. You feel so excited about what you are experiencing that you want to throw your arms up and praise God for His blessings.
A couple of weeks ago I delivered my Understanding the Socially Anxious Mind presentation to a group of 140 medical assistants in Wisconsin Dells. As I sat there in the morning, listening to the other speakers and waiting for my upcoming speech that afternoon, I felt a very strong sense of déjà vu. Like I had envisioned at some point in my life that I would be there, talking about my deepest fears, to a group that large. Putting myself out there to help people who are living with the fears that I experienced.
I believe that we all have a purpose and that purpose is set for us before we enter this world. We may or may not be able to recognize, in this life, our true purpose. We may be faced with too many challenges that block our ability to find our truth. We may not find the courage to take the risk and follow our heart.
Five years ago, would I have expected that I could get up and speak about social anxiety disorder at a conference? Absolutely not! Fifteen years ago, did I think that I could be a mom? No. There are many of these experiences that we can have, things we never would have thought we could do, if we can simply have the courage to dive in and try. I can tell you from personal experience that it’s not easy to live on the edge of our comfort zone, but I can also tell you that experiencing this life as the mom, wife, friend and speaker that I am, is becoming more amazing very day. It’s in these extremely rewarding times that I feel the strongest sense of déjà vu. I still have many challenges to overcome, but I have the confidence that I can keep moving forward, I can enjoy life and trust this journey.
It is my hope that you can have the courage to live the life you dream of. You can do anything you set your mind to. Take some time to think about something new you want to try in your life. Be open to new experiences and pay attention to the people who enter your life. These people may be there to give you the knowledge, strength and support you need. I wish for you a life filled with happiness and joy!