Sometimes you stand on the shore and wonder what it would be like to plunge into the waves.
You feel that tug to jump in. Oh, but you also feel so small and the waves are so tall. They crash, they collide.
Finally you think you’re ready to take the first step.
Yep, here you go.
You may move too fast when you finally decide to commit, but that’s okay because Dad has your back.
In case of a setback, it’s no problem if you’re sad for awhile.
Eventually, you’ll be running back in for another go.
Are you standing on the edge of something you would like to do, afraid to run into it and commit? In The War of Art, author Steven Pressfield talks about fear to try a new thing. Here’s a summary of his long list of what we fear: “Fear of the consequences of following our heart. Fear of being ridiculous. Fear of launching into the void, of hurtling too far out there.” He also offers a remedy for fear, quoting Goethe: “Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, magic, and power in it. Begin it now.”
You can wait on the shore and think about whether or not to go for it. “It” may be tackling a new sport, taking up a new instrument, writing, painting, singing, drawing, learning a language, expanding photography skills, building a friendship. Don’t be paralyzed by fear. Take stock, see that someone has your back, then go!
What beckons you to plunge in? What dream would you like to pursue? What does your first step look like?