Into the void
Starting something of which you have little to no experience can be extremely daunting. It is easy to freeze up and make procrastinative excuses to waylay the first foray into this endeavour.
A very simple explanation to this behaviour is rooted in a fear of failing. Let's examine for a moment what exactly it is that we define as "failing", because quite often we have already psyched ourselves out before the actual opportunity is activated to make a successful or "failed" effort.
So, is it failing to try your hand at something and come up short? Or is it failing to not even attempt in the first place? Far too often we flog ourselves with these notions and it is supremely debilitating and crushing to our morale. Better I feel it is to explore the mechanics of how we apply ourselves, than to just paint our experiences as black and white successes and failures.
Jumping cold into a new endeavour, is quite possibly one of the best ways to do so. There is a vulnerability that helps reinforce our learning by leaving indelible stamps in our mental and muscle memory. It is akin to when one is traveling in a foreign land and even the most mundane of experiences are usually imprinted in the mind for time immemorial.
When our surroundings are too familiar, we can become rather lax and phone it in. Conversely, when we are put on the spot, there is an immediacy and tactility present.
It is also incomparably satisfying when we begin to learn the patterns and new rules and logic of a new endeavour, not only because it feels more autonomous, but because we believed in ourselves enough to put it out there into the unknown.
The unknown is where everything exists. It is in fact not such as cryptic of a place that we deem it to be. It is where music comes from, expressionist paintings, stories, designs, dreams, and all of the tomorrows and moments after the next. This void per se, is rich with all of the gifts that are there to support you on your journey with a new endeavour, a new love or just a new way of doing things.
There are no two ways around it. You can slowly get in or just jump, but either way you will have to get in eventually. And it will be a bit of acclimating. Just be assured that everyone goes through this transitional experience, replete with all of the lone exposure, self consciousness and proclivities to error.
If staying in the comfort zone is the preferred alternative, understood. But ultimately that comfort zone won't be so comfortable, especially if you feel a gnawing urge to do that thing you have been holding off on. Get started now and worry about how to perfect it later.
You'll be happier for it that you did.