Most people crave stability. Stability in a partner, in your finances, in your house and career. Stability means consistency Consistency means safety. Who doesn't want to be safe? Well, unfortunately life just doesn't work that way all the time. Life isn't always calm, stable or safe and that's not only okay it's to be expected. While you may have safe harbors, your parent's house, your bedroom, the local coffee place where you can go and rest your weary bones, you still have to get back out there and weather the storm. This week we discuss just that.
"A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are for.”
~ John Shedd
Keep reading to see how you can live, and even thrive, while battling through massive swells that life sometimes sends your way.
Life is not to be lived on the sidelines. Period. Almost everything is easy when you're a spectator and the rest of the world is out there on the field taking chances, getting hurt and being forced to get up to stay in the game. Everything is easy when you get to watch it happen around you, never fully extending yourself or letting yourself become vulnerable. It's too easy. It's almost not worth the ticket price, is it? Life isn't supposed to be waking up, going to work to pay the bills and getting home in time to rest before you do it all over again the next day. Life is about adventure; it's about setting sail and letting the wind guide you; it's about picking a crew and setting forth on a journey you can't predict. That's what life is supposed to be: active.
You are a ship and you were made to be able to weather any storm. You are incredibly resilient, stronger than you know, and able to tackle obstacles you never imagined you could. The thing about humans is that we never know just how much we are capable of until we try. To try is to risk failure and risking failure is scary, I get it. There is a reason there are so many popular parrot out the saying, "Nothing risked, nothing gained.". You could stay safe, never take any risks, never spread your wings, and stay in the bubble of what you know but you will never grow, never thrive, and never life to your full potential. Inside of all of us is the propensity for greatness but only if you are willing to take some risks. A safe harbor is essential for resting our battered selves but they weren't mean to house us forever or we'll rust and stop working. You were made to cruise the ocean, ride the waves as they crest and fall, and to see the world so get out there and do it.
Whats the point of life if you're only going to watch from the side. We are naturally curious and we should never stop exploring. You are an adventurer and a dreamer, never let anything stand in the way of you pushing yourself. Taking risks can be scary but use that fear to push you forward. Live outside of your comfort zone, you want to look back on your life and have a full rolodex of mistakes, laughs, adventures, don't look back and say "I wish I would of..."
No matter the size of your ship you are capable of weathering any storm with the right tools. The adrenaline high of accomplishment is addicting so get out there and challenge yourself. Being meant for greatness doesn't mean you automatically achieve it; you have to earn it.