Good day beloved readers. I am looking to share some rambling thoughts with you today. I am looking for some advice and wisdom from you and myself…
Deep breath, and here we go.
The entire meaning of the above quote is all that has been on my mind lately. An idea of risk, decisions, and potential opportunities lost. It seems I am in a purgatory of sorts. A place in between action, change and risk and a place of comfort, stability, and normalcy.
The last thoughts before you step onto that new path that branches from your current direction. Have you ever been stuck in this strange no man’s land? Stuck between your safe normal life and a place of a great adventure?
This strange limbo seems to be the current home for my confused mind. The thoughts of change and adventure consume me but my feet are firmly planted on the ground. Such is my nature to be level headed, to weigh my options, to advance gradually and consistently towards a known goal. I am not one for ill-planned adventures, or for risky side roads.
Inside my soul screams to take the risk, to be wild and crazy and young and do the unthinkable. Shake hands with the unknown. There is an excitement that is brewing in my mind when I think of mysterious possibilities. When the thought of this foreign adventure rears its unfamiliar head.
So which to choose? Which is the better decision? Inaction and potential regret or action and potential regret in failure?
I know I am being super vague in this post, and I will share with you all soon enough the reasons for my indecision. For the time being, I am looking for a little guidance. I am searching for the outlet needed in writing to release the swirling thoughts in my head.
“Fear stifles our thinking and actions. It creates indecisiveness that results in stagnation.”
That much is true. I have always held onto a bit of fear, the smart kind in my opinion. A healthy kind that has always benefited me. In regards to jobs, finances, and life decisions, I have always worked with that healthy fear in order to gain stability.
But has that so called healthy fear also stifled my thinking? Made my world smaller?
What if a risk is required? What if that healthy fear has kept me from a potential that is greater than I have allowed myself to know?
“I have known talented people who procrastinate indefinitely rather than risk failure.”
I remember reading an article awhile ago that consisted of interviews with people who were over the age of 90, some on their death bed. They were asked a series of questions, one of them being what was their greatest regret. The general themes of answers were centered around staying in touch with old friends, spending more time with family, not working so hard and traveling more during their youth.
The stories shared kind of haunt me. I keep their regrets in the back of my mind. I think of myself smiling at the age of 90 looking at a life full of love, excitement, and growth. Smiling at my memories. With very little regrets.
But what decisions do I need to make in order to be that happy old women?
I don’t want to procrastinate my life away…
I guess that is the benefit of being young. There is so much time to make mistakes and learn from them. So much time to do everything and anything you desire. So much time that so many people waste it. Take it for granted and don’t use it. Then before you know it you are being interviewed at the age of 90 and listing your regrets in life, knowing that there is now not enough time to change them. Depressing, but a potential reality for us all at some point.
“Lost opportunities cause erosion of confidence, and the downward spiral begins.”
So here I am on the cusp of change, at a point of making a huge life altering, terrifying change. A chance for so many different opportunities and a chance to loose so many others.
Here I am pondering. Do I take the unknown path or do I bask in the safety of today?
Do I take a risk?
What would you do? Would you take the unknown path? Would you risk it all and change your life for an adventure and a new life? Or would you stay happily where you are? If happy in your current life, happy and safe and warm… What would you do?