When I first envisioned myself starting a YouTube channel, the idea of others laughing at me soon followed. I responded back very quickly to that thought by saying, “Really Stephanie? How old are you?” which was then followed by, “You’re too old to be concerned about whether someone will laugh at you or not.”
But here’s the thing. Am I too old to be concerned about someone laughing at me? I don’t think that I am and I’ll tell you why.
You don’t become less human the older that you get. Growing older does not exempt one from having feelings. Young or old or in between, none of us like to suffer embarrassments. So, it’s not that I’m concerned with people laughing at me necessarily. It is more of the fact of suffering an embarrassment.
I don’t know about you, but I’m highly sensitive about the work that I put out there. For someone to laugh at something that I take seriously or that I’m trying to accomplish is rather embarrassing. It means that those who are laughing do not take you serious. And who doesn’t want to be taken serious?
Being concerned about how others will perceive your work is normal, but it’s when you let the fear of how others will perceive you hinder you from going forth, that’ s when it becomes a problem.
I am by no means perfect and I don’t have all of the answers. This is a craft that I’m learning on my own through trial and error and through watching what others have done (or not). I know in my heart that I want to make a difference, live out my life, and be all that I was created to be. But I also know that I will not be able to do that if I’m overly concerned with what people think of me or if I’m afraid that people will “laugh” at me.
I can tell you one thing though. Some people will laugh. Some people will not take you serious. But those who laugh will always be the ones who never step out to do anything. It won’t be the ones who have stepped out that are laughing. Why? Because those people know what it feels like to start something new. They know what it feels like to take a chance. They know what it feels like to wonder if they’ll fall flat on their face. They know what it feels like to wonder, what if people laugh at me?
So, it will hardly ever be those people. It’s the other ones you have to worry about.
Actually, I’ll take that back. You don’t EVER have to worry about them. Just ask them what they’ve done or what they are doing.
They probably will not have an answer. So go ahead, live your life. Dr. Seuss said it best, “Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
Now isn’t that the truth!