I love Sunday. It’s a day that anything could happen. Seriously. This past Sunday, I headed out for my coastal canyon walk, looked at the dog (a 7-year-old lab, so keeping up is not always his #1 concern), and decided today I was going it alone. I was super excited to get outside after 2 hellish weeks, was armed with a fresh layer of sunscreen and my ear buds. I headed my usual route, came to the point where I typically turn around because it’s the “end of trail” sign and paused. Hmmm.
I’ve lived here for 4+ years and never went past that sign, yet there it was. Ok, let’s go! I was giddy with the not knowing, and thought, “I miss this adrenaline filled anxiety!” I had no idea of how the path was going to be or lead to, but I assessed as much as I could and decided the worst-case scenario was not that bad in comparison to the payoff of wild adventure.
That simple leap of trust in my own abilities, physical and mental, spoke volumes to me.
It reminded me simply of what the rush of anticipation felt like. It reminded me that fear, when faced with confidence and assessments, can be trumped. It reminded me of me at a younger time.
What last Sunday shone light on, was that uncertainty could be super exciting! And it got me to thinking about why more and more people, including myself, were so worried about uncertainty. I thought back to times I dove into uncertainty, what came after? Lots of times…awesomeness.
But, what happens if you continue further, past the awesomeness, past the assessed, beyond what you can see. Deeper into uncertainty.
Grit. That’s what happens. Grit. Commitment. Resolve. That’s when things can get scary.
The moment I had to rely on myself, the fear and doubt crept in, and I would pivot. Safety, stability always trumped even fun-filled anxiety. But last Sunday, that’s when I felt the truth that UNCERTAINTY CAN BEAT FEAR. I would only experience the thrill of victory, that surge of excitement, the true joy if and only if, I ventured. Pushed. And learned Grit, Commitment, and Resolve. Even in nature, electricity takes the path of least resistance. But electricity is much less picky about its target, it’s just looking for the shortest route. You have a specific goal, a specific outcome, the path of least resistance rarely will get you there.
As we go through our lives and time passes, we all find ourselves more cautious than when we were younger. The thrill of uncertainty is replaced by the security of certainty. My take away? Be your underdog. Be the star of your show. Find your joy and find your resolve. Tumble-weeding is no way to go through life. Be true to your story, open the door, step into your adventure
“LEAP. You will grow your wings on the way down.” — Les Brown
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