…You say you don’t know-oh-oh…you won’t know until you begin! (‘Jump’ by Van Halen)
I was thinking about something the other day. It went like this…
(Cue: fade to me walking along the river looking pensive.)
You know, I says to myself…I’ve always wanted to live by the ocean, but I’m not interested in owning a boat to go in. Then it dawned on me:
Going to the very edge of something and not jumping right in…is like not COMMITTING FULLY to something.
It can become a metaphor for one’s life–if you’re not careful.
I’m guilty of it.
Many times I’ve found myself not ready to take the plunge–but teetering on the sidelines waiting for the ideal moment.
Waiting until ‘tomorrow’.
Well, ‘tomorrow’ is today.
What has held me back and naggingly continues to do so?
Being afraid to jump.
I run through all the ‘what ifs’..
What if I fail?
What if my friends/family don’t approve?
What if I’m a fraud?
What if I’m fooling myself?
But the worst ‘what if’ is,
What if I never Try.
What if I leave this world before I’m able to do the things I’ve always dreamed of?
1. Learn to surf
2. Do a one-woman show on Broadway
3. Publish my first novel.
4. Go on a Safari.
5. Make a million dollars.
6. Sing karaoke.
7. Live by the ocean.
Yeah. I still want to live by the ocean. I think about it all the time. I see it in my future. I know it’s coming.
‘What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.’ Napoleon Hill
Maybe they’re not real. If I REALLY wanted to do these things, I would have done them already.
It’s just the Resistance talking.
It’s what Steven Pressfield talks about in his book The War of Art:
‘Rule of thumb: The more important a call of action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.’ (italics mine)
What’s on your bucket list?? Leave me a comment.
I would love to hear some of what you’ve been dreaming about.
(You know, it makes it more real when you write it down.)
(photo: The Nice Rack)