“There are always a million reasons not to do something.”
-Jan Levinson, The Office (Episode 2.15 – “Boys and Girls”)
I’ve been guilty of this so many times in the past. Finding or fabricating reason upon reason not to do something because it’s risky, scary, or both. It’s a horrible way to live; I know from experience. Not only does one miss out on opportunities that have the potential to be wonderful, life-tranforming experiences, but it may also cause others that one cares about to become hurt and frustrated. I’m sorry to all of you that may have been injured by my fear and indecision. I now know how you must have felt.
Jim: So you’re not doing it… (in reference to graphic design internship)
Pam: How’d you know?
Jim: Why not?
Pam: Just, like, no big reason… just a bunch of little reasons.
Jim: Come on…
Pam: Roy’s right. There’s no guarantee it’s going to lead to anything anyway.
Jim: Roy said that.
Pam: What? You have something you want to say?
Jim: You’ve gotta take a chance on something sometime, Pam. I mean, do you wanna be a receptionist here, always?
Pam: Oh, excuse me, I’m fine with my choices.
Jim: You are?
–The Office (Episode 2.15 – “Boys and Girls”)