Heart vs. Mind

Just the other day I asked my husband, “If you got to pick out a tattoo for me what would it be?” He immediately told me that it would be the heart vs. mind. When I asked why, the explanation he gave me was eye opening.

He told me, “you tend to know exactly what you want to do, but you think about it too much. You’re heart knows what it wants to do most of the time, yet you let your mind decide instead of going with your heart.” 

I wanted to disagree with him, but I knew I couldn’t. Every word he told me was completely describing my actions. 

One of my biggest fears is failure. Wether I’m passionate about something or not, my mind always goes back to failure. My head is constantly getting me in trouble because I want to play it safe and keep myself safe. The thoughts of, ‘what if no one likes it, I don’t want to look like a fool’ and ‘this is not going to get anywhere so why even try’ are endlessly running through the my mind.

While my heart is telling me, just do it. 

My husband tells me over and over again, “who cares if no one likes it, it’s what you want to do right?” To which my answer is always yes. “Then why do you care so much if you fail, if it’s what you love to do then do it for yourself and not the approval of others.”

If I’m being honest, the moments that I’ve let my heart take over my mind have been some of the greatest. I can name a few right now…

Auditioning for various roles.

Telling my best friend I loved him.

Mending friendships.

Starting this blog.

While some may be smaller than others, it’s what made my heart happy and though it took courage the end result was “why was I so afraid to do this?” 

“Sometimes following your heart means losing your mind.”

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