The Struggles and Joy of Being a Beginner Again

Do you know how it feels like to be a beginner again?

There are feelings of excitement from doing something new, of exhilaration from dreaming about new possibilities in your life, and of joy from doing what you are passionate about.

But then, there’s the sudden feeling that you’re too old to start all over again and too left behind by those who started out early. 

Being a beginner at something also takes some of your focus away from what you currently do: your job, your profession, or your business. As days turn to months and months turn to years of doing this new thing, you will ask yourself, “What if I just focused on my job? What if I just didn’t try this? Would I have been more successful in my job? Would I have been promoted?” Regrets and what ifs.

Most of the time, I get these feelings of regret and of being left behind. I had a promising career. Now, I feel like I’m way left behind. I also feel I started late in blogging.

There were times I wish I started blogging even before I graduated. There were times I wondered, “What if I had just succeeded early my career? Would I have even thought of building a career in blogging or somewhere else?"

I’ll never know the answers to those questions and I’m not sure I want to. All I know is that being a beginner fills you with doubts, regrets, and insecurities. It fills your life with a lot of what ifs and uncertainties.

But, there’s a certain feeling of excitement. There’s a relief in having a clean slate. And there’s a renewed sense of hope: a hope for a better future, a hope that something better will come, and a hope that your seemingly wrong decision will eventually pay off, perhaps even more than if you sticked to your job.

Honestly, there's nowhere I'd rather be than here at the beginning.


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