What would you do if you weren’t afraid?


I haven’t shedded a tear since my arrival. Even though things are different and at times I feel kinda lonely here, I’ve survived pretty okay. Today I was looking for motivation posters/wall art to decorate my minimalistic room, but I couldn’t find any that makes me go crazy, so I decided to just print out quotes I like. 

Other than the obvious choices from Steve Jobs, I was particularly affected by Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg. In her memoir cum feminist manifesto, she asks readers “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

It was a question I asked myself months ago. When I asked myself the same question again today, my eyes became filled with tears of joy and pride. I AM doing exactly what I wanted to do. THIS is what I do when I’m not afraid.


About Nicky

Nicky English is a journalist, an educator, a podcaster, a couch potato, a dreamer, and a child at heart. Learning is her passion, so is the English language, which she believes is the tool to unlock the door of knowledge. Born in Hong Kong, she received intensive writing training at The University of Iowa, where she double-majored in journalism and political science. Apart from the Hawkeye State, she’s lived in Chicago and Philadelphia. When she was a guest student at Georgetown University, she fell in love with Washington, D.C. She also has a Master of Arts in Communication. A little side note—she cannot imagine a world without her Mac and iDevices. Like many crazy ones, she hopes to change the world one day at a time.
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