I recently wrote a post on WEGO Health, “Speaking Out as a Health Activist” about getting out there as a health activist. I wrote about looking for speaking opportunities and about “just asking“. It’s so important to ask. If there is something you want to do, as a health activist, as a human, make sure you ask… you won’t know unless you do!
But sometimes, you ask, and the answer is “No”. You know what, that’s okay. It feels like crap when it happens, especially if you were really excited about the potential opportunity. But really, other opportunities come along if you look for them.
So yes, I asked, and the answer was no, but I am keeping my eyes open for new ways to engage and new ways to share. One thing I’ve learned, keep asking. I might even experience 10 more “no”s before I finally get a “yes”, but that’s alright, too. My ideas, my creativity, my spirit all get a little bit fired up when I feel more intensity. There is almost a sense of urgency, in a good way. It’s like I have a secret, a happy one, and I’m just dying to share it.
I see a whole world of opportunity for myself that I haven’t noticed before. It’s almost like I stand before several different paths and they all look very exciting and adventurous. A world of learning exists, so much knowledge to be gained, so many different directions to go. Perhaps the “no”s in life are more like guideposts (than stop signs) that lead you down a slightly different path than you thought you were on. Sometimes, we just have to keep walking and follow our guides, even when they come in the form of a “no”.