By surrendering a piece of ourselves to our work and faith into the unknown, we put trust in it’s ability to shape us — often that happens, and in the most unexpected of ways.
In leaning into such vulnerability, we feel more alive — connected. The door welcoming us to be artists, creators, and our authentic human selves, gladly swings open for us, inviting us in.
The question is, are we going to lend an ear to that calling, to that vulnerability of pursuing something that exists only in our head, that might or might not work? Our lives, in a very real and for many, frightening way, are defined by these circumstances. We are forced to make decisions, appearing in various forms throughout the course of our lives - it's wanting to run that game-changing idea by your boss, but trembling with nerve at the thought of approaching him. It's that pretty girl you've been telling your friends about from the coffee shop, who you can't help making prolonged eye contact with, but at the same time, can't summon the courage to offer her a simple ‘hello’. It's the open road speaking, beckoning an adventure from you, to somewhere unknown — your soul needs it, but then realism sets in, and you shrug it off, and shift your focus back on the ‘real world’. It's that business idea that sneaks in and out of your head as you close your eyes to sleep, thinking, ‘this could be my shot’, but your spouse… you can't figure out how to frame it in such a way that they might understand….. be willing to take that leap of faith with you…. So you roll back over, as your brain wanders a few more moments, until you fade into the night, and wonder about the same things the following day. It’s telling your dad that you are gay, unsure of how he will react, and it’s telling your husband that you want a divorce, and then having to share that same news with a little girl who won’t quite understand. It’s the things that happen to all of us. The things that make us human, and at times courageous.
The way I see it, there is no reason not to lean right in, to give the unknown a shot, because if we are put on this earth to be fully alive, to go all in, that’s the only sure way I know how to make it happen. If we choose not to, if we choose to play it safe, I think what we are saying is,
‘I don’t believe in life enough.’
'I don't believe in myself enough.
I say give it a shot — if nothing else, at least you'll feel alive, and you won't be tormented by ‘what ifs’ your entire life.
Instead of asking what if, maybe it's time to start asking why not?
Why the hell not?
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