Tomorrow is Halloween and traditionally the Friday before Halloween, everyone dresses up into their Halloween costumes and go to work in them. When I was in school, it was the same deal. In Junior High or Elementary School, everyone would dress up and parade around the halls of the school to show off the costumes.
For me, this kind of ended when I was in High School and I never really participated in the work Halloween parties. I don’t know if it was my lack of self confidence and that I really didn’t want the attention or if it was because I felt it was too much of a bother. Regardless, I have always been the wall flower and would sneak up to the party to eat some food, then head back to my desk at work.
This year, I came to realize these were missed opportunities. An opportunity to get to know others that I work with and spread myself around a bit. I have entered the Chili cook-off two years running but I never get dressed up. So this year, when I came into work, I decided I was going to seize the day a little and I rushed back home to throw a costume together. I went as a Tourist (far left) and it turned out pretty good. I got to meet some people at work and get to know others people a little better. I did lose the cook-off again, but that’s life and leads to my point.
Halloween comes every year. If I am a party pooper one year, I can always go all out and redeem myself the next year. There is always going to be another opportunity to wear a costume and join the fun the next year but this is not the case with everything in life.
There are things in life that you will never get the chance to do again. They happen one time and that’s it. This Halloween has taught me to get out there and seize the day. I need to be more assertive, more open and put myself on the line more than just with chili. I may lose a contest, be uncomfortable or embarrassed here and there but that’s life and I need to get past it as should you. I wouldn’t want to pass up the opportunity to sing the national anthem at a ballgame, or throw the first pitch, or play the starring role in my favorite play because I hadn’t gotten past my embarrassment earlier in life.
So to all of you who are like me, get out there, embarrass yourself, break out of your comfort zone and seize the day! You may never have the chance to do some of the things you are missing now again. br>