It’s risky to put yourself out there and decide to truly live. The idea that we can live fearlessly is a misnomer. The trick is how we respond to fear.
Fear can keep you on the edge of the diving board, never taking the leap. It can paralyze you in a moment of opportunity that slips away while you deliberate.
I’ve been on that end of fear and that’s where most of my regrets reside.
Lately I’ve been viewing fear from the aspect of “feeling excited and ready.”
That nervous bubble in the pit of my stomach is simply a reminder that I’m alive.
That’s a good thing.
A few Saturday nights ago, Mark and I were invited to a going away party for a mutual friend. She was taking off to start a new life in Sweden with a new love she met on vacation a year ago. At the party, she was surrounded by the love of friends and family. People offered toasts and well wishes, and there was an unspoken acknowledgement among us that this was indeed a risky move.
A new country.
A new relationship.
No guarantees that this would be her happily ever after.
The flip side?
Not taking the leap could haunt her forever with the question, “What if?”
At the end of the night, the guest of honor took the floor to thank those of us in attendance, and she said something really beautiful.
“I know this is a risk. But I know I am safe to take it because of all of you.”
See, there are no guarantees that risky business will pay off. But when it doesn’t, knowing you have people who love you; you will offer you their spare bedroom or let you call them at 2 AM is the comfort that softens the potential blow.
Did any of you watch America’s Got Talent? There was this amazing acrobatic couple, Duo Transcend. They specialized in risky, jaw-dropping moves that were downright dangerous. Her life was in his hands. His life was in hers. The love energy between the two of them was palpable, making their feats even more thrilling.
On their last performance before the final, she dropped him.
Then realized, this was part of the act.
Out of the sight line of the cameras was a soft landing place for him to fall.
We all have that same safety net beneath us.
Rarely are the risks we take matters of life and death. Mostly, they’re a leap from where we are to where we want to be. And if we end up being wrong about our desired destination, we can always course correct.
Don’t be afraid to try for fear of failing. Failure isn’t fatal; it’s simply a detour; a building block to success.
We can all look over our shoulder and recall things that didn’t go according to plan, but life still went on and ended up exactly as it ought.
Lessons learned. Conflicts created clarity of purpose. Contrast revealed what we really want and don’t want.
Our happily ever after isn’t an ending place; rather, it’s a continual unfolding as we create the life we dare to live.
And there it is: Dare to live.
Go for it. Be afraid and act anyway. Feel the pounding in your chest and take the leap.
There is an underpinning of love and well-being that surrounds you, not only in those who love you here on earth but also in the unseen spiritual forces commissioned to keep you safe and sound.
If you knew that you couldn’t fail, would you do it?
More thoughts on RISK, including how this very blog was birthed, and the new WOW, coming right up:
Is there something you’re holding on to that you need to release?
Just as you are safe to take a risk, you are also safe to LET GO.
Have a beautiful couple of weeks!