what's the worst that can happenA friend phoned me to tell me how much she had enjoyed catching up with my blog and my posts on Facebook this morning, while the rain tumbled down outside her window.

One of the articles she particularly liked was Terri Belford’s account of what it really means to be location-independent. For Terri, after years of being a nomad, it meant being able to spend more time with her family, who are scattered across the USA.

The wonderful thing about it is that she has been willing to try out different things, in order to work out what suits her best. This is something that very few people seem to do.

There’s a generally held belief that you have to commit to something and stick with it, at all costs. The idea of trying something to see whether it fits – and then giving it up as a bad idea – seems to be frowned upon, like you’re some kind of loser if you take that attitude.

It seems to me, though, that you can be a lot more adventurous if you don’t feel constrained by having to stick at something you don’t like – you can give it a go, and if you like it, then fine. But if you really hate it, you can put it down to experience and try something else.

Of course, this kind of attitude is not going to get you a gold watch for 25 years of loyal service! What a dreadful thought, though, to be stuck in a situation you loathe, just because you’re afraid to change.

In “I Could Do Anything If Only I Knew What It Was”, Barbara Sher writes that she encourages her clients to take a job they know they’re not going to like, and to set a date when they will resign – just to give them the experience of doing something that they have no intention of sticking with.

When I started this 30 Day Writing Challenge – 27 days ago – I didn’t know whether I was going to enjoy it, or whether the pressure would be too much. But it’s been a fascinating experiment, and I shall certainly be writing a lot more than I used to, once the 30 days are up.

I would encourage everybody to have a go at something new. What’s the worst that can happen? It’s a bit like a Lucky Dip – you might find something that you really enjoy. But if you don’t at least give it a try, you’ll never know!


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4 thoughts on “What’s The Worst That Can Happen?

  1. This is such a wonderfully motivating and empowering post Julia. I am going to share it right now with more readers. Marie
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  2. Julia Barnickle

    Thank you, Marie. I really appreciate your support.

  3. I couldn’t agree more Julia. Sometimes the only way to know is to give it a try. While I lived in London, I dreamed of a rural Irish cottage. I tried it out but it wasn’t right for me. I hated having to drive everywhere. I felt very isolated. I really missed being able to throw on my coat and walk to the shops/library/coffee shop. I loved my little house but I wanted to transplant it to a quiet corner of a busy town. So after 18 months, I transplanted myself!

  4. Julia Barnickle

    What a brilliant example, Martine. If you hadn’t actually tried living in a rural Irish cottage, you would have always wondered what it would be like – whereas, by trying it out and finding out what you liked and didn’t like about it, you were able to make better informed decisions about where you really wanted to live. Thank you for sharing this story.

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