1. completely prepared or in fit condition for immediate action or use.
2. duly equipped, completed, adjusted, or arranged, as for an occasion or purpose.
How many times have you pulled back from doing something out of fear that you weren’t ready? Are we ever truly ready for any of the steps we need to take in life? To be honest, I have more questions than answers, but I’ve been able to make some sense of the dilemma. I’ve been on both sides of the fence: I’ve put things off and worried about my readiness, and I’ve leaped into things and worked them out as I went. It all boils down to how willing you are to take a risk.
They say that experience is the best teacher. Well, what if you don’t show up to class? How upset have you been when you weren’t considered for a position because you didn’t have enough work experience. “BUT THAT’S WHY I APPLIED!!! I NEED EXPERIENCE!!!” Isn’t that just so frustrating?? Well, I think that life works the same way except there are many opportunities where we can give ourselves more experience if only we take the necessary risks.
Risks are tricky; not knowing how something will pan out can be very worrisome. The results may or may not be favorable. You may end up two steps ahead or two steps behind. You may not see any change in your life at all. It’s okay to be hesitant about risk, but the most important thing is getting that life experience to prepare you for future things. I don’t think it’s possible to be completely READY for something, but you can at least take steps to prepare yourself. This preparation can be educational, financial, or just experiencing things that strengthen your maturity.
Are you ready for the next step? Maybe not, but that doesn’t mean you should remain stagnant with doubt. Go ahead and take those steps for preparedness. Each experience gets you just that much closer to what you never thought you’d be ready for.