Do something that scares you.
Today I participated in a day-long interview with my local Rotary district to determine the group study exchange team that would travel to New Zealand for a month in the spring. One of the questions was, "If you could pick one person, movie, or book to represent you or who you want to be, what would it be and why?"
I chose the movie version of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Besides just being a beautifully filmed movie (the cinematography and music are stellar), the main character Walter evolves from daydreaming and imagining epic adventures to actually living them - to being the hero of his own story. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when he is running down a hallway filled with Life Magazine covers. At the end, he runs past a cover with his face on it titled, "The Making of a Brave Man."
I want to LIVE my adventures, not just daydream or read about them on the Internet. There were 19 startlingly impressive applicants at the interview, but incredibly, amazingly, unbelievably, they...picked me. I will be going to New Zealand with a team of 4 other people for a month, and I am grateful, elated, terrified, and in disbelief that I could be so lucky. Do something that scares you - it's always worth it.
"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, to draw closer, to find each other and to feel, that is the purpose of life."
--The Secret Life of Walter Mitty