One of the things I’ve learned in maturity and in my quest for inner peace is to think about outcomes. Before I get worked up about something, I sort through the worst possible scenario in my head and it almost always makes me calm.

The same goes for when I make a decision to do something that feels bold, like express myself to a man who really intrigues me. I won’t do it unless I’m sure I’m not attached to the result. So if the response from him is less than enthusiastic, there will be no pouting, no eating ice cream, no using it as an excuse to be in a “bad mood.”

Happiness emanates from the inside out, not the outside in. It’ll be a real kick if I get a date out of my boldness. But if I don’t, there’s another man right around the corner.

I’m sure of it.