The could'a, would'a, should'a game

29 April 2011

If I knew I could, I would run a marathon.
I would write a book.
I would have more children.
I would adopt a child.
I would write poetry.
I would work.
I would start a business.
I would give all my money away.
I would play guitar.
I would be a kick-a** homemaker.

I play this game a lot. What I would do if I knew, absolutely, 100%, no risk of failure, that I could do it. I actually really hate playing it. I'm too good at looking at the would'ves and could'ves and should'ves, leaving me feeling incomplete or inadequate or unable to really accomplish much of anything. There are one too many things on that list that I know I literally cannot do.

In real life, failure is always a risk. And I'm just never at the place where I'm willing to take that leap without the fear of falling.

Bummer of a Five Minute Friday. I'm pretty sure it was meant to be a positive prompt, but perhaps I need more coffee or more time or more clarity this morning. I'm pretty sure you could do it better than I just did it.



  1. i realized the same thing while i was typing. there are several things on my list that i can do, but the fear of making a mistake or doing it wrong is holding me back.

  2. I can relate to your post. Failure is downright scary. I think I'm finally learning to be more myself now that I'm, ahem, well into my 40's, but every once in a while something happens to let me know I'm still afraid of failing!!!

    Thanks for posting.