Step into the unknown. Open yourself up to the unknown. You'll be amazed at the outcome.
Now that I am full-time counselor/faculty, I'm exploring ways to get involved on campus. When an email came about the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, I eagerly went to the first meeting.
As introductions proceeded, it hit me that this is a perfect fit for me. What a wonderful experience being surrounded by those who share your values. And, as I always stress to my career class, it's a networking opportunity...it's not what you know, but who you know that makes the difference.
The unofficial Chairperson of the group asked for a volunteer to step into the position, and we all remained silent, looking at each other and feeling rather awkward. She indicated she would stay on for now, and the meeting proceeded to a discussion of ways to reach out to those who feel "different" and "unvalued".
The rest of the day, I did some hard thinking about stepping up to Chair the committee. With a deep breath, I sent an email volunteering to be the Chairperson sharing my reservations (translate that into "my fears"). I hit "send" before I could change my mind, and off the email went.
Although I'm awaiting a reply, I already know it will be a resounding YES. One voice in my head is screaming "YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER. NO GOOD CAN COME OF THIS." But there is another voice...a quiet voice gently nudging me on because it is the right thing to do. As Eleanor Roosevelt said..."You must do the thing you think you cannot do." We'll see if she was right.
IT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD!