Taking The First Step Towards Who You’re Meant To Be

A Journey of Un-becoming, Taking First Steps, Feeling the Fear, and Doing it Anyway

Rachel Anne Helms
6 min readOct 20, 2023

If you’ve ever been plagued by overthinking, procrastination, and fear when it comes to doing the big things that you really want to do with your life, this post is for you.

~ And an exciting announcement at the end ~

Big Dreams, Big Feelings

Flashback to me in second grade, when my primary form of transportation was cartwheels instead of walking.

(Seriously, I cartwheeled ALL THE TIME… Remind me to add this to the list of “How did they not know I was Neurodivergent?”)

Anyways…I distinctly remember cartwheeling around the house one day while the Victoria’s Secret fashion show was on TV.

I stopped to excitedly exclaim to my mother that I wanted to be famous and that someday, I was going to be a model.

Her response was, “Oh sweetie, you’re too short to be a model.”

*Dreams. Immediately. Crushed*

In that split second, she planted the seed of an idea that would stop me from pursuing numerous aspirations and dreams over the years…

The idea that there are things I may want to do, but can’t because of something about me that I cannot change.



Rachel Anne Helms

ADHD, Autism, & cPTSD. Lifelong learner and sharer of acquired knowledge and wisdom. Join The Neurodivergent Network Community -> https://bit.ly/j0in