I had lunch last week with two people I used to work with. We talked about the old job and some of the good, fun times we had despite all the crazy going on around us.
They were gracious enough to let me go on and on about All Very Goods and how I am adapting it from being a website about my bandanas to an online store with a mission. I asked them all kinds of questions about my new concept and designs. They shared details of the amazing, creative things they've been doing.
As we were leaving, I told them the one piece of real wisdom I got from Oprah "there are no mistakes..." (I'll tell you more about it in another post), and then there were long hugs and goodbyes and plans to get back in touch soon.
I've since gone back into hiding as I work on getting this website going but I've thought about our lunch meeting a few times now. I think it's been on my mind because, more than anything, I hope that the things I told them were helpful.
When I was in my 20's, I felt like I had so many ideas about businesses and things I could make and do. I did very few of them and spent real energy working on none of them. I hope I might have been more proactive if someone had really pushed me to take a chance and start something. Even if it failed, the act of doing, of creating something would have meant that I had the confidence to take my future into my own hands. I don't regret not doing it then. Like Oprah says, I wasn't ready. But I'm doing it now and I hope that I can nudge them a little, if they're ready, to do it as well. I'll be here to cheer them on.
So I guess my take away is that regardless of how this turns out (even though I know it will be successful cause I don't have any other options!), the right thing is to start something.