There comes a time when we all must make a choice- a choice to either stay in the shallow end or venture into the unknown depths of the ocean. Now this choice is not a one time deal. In fact, it is one that we must make over and over again, at different times in our lives and for different reasons. It is true that some people, many in fact, decide to remain in the shallow end throughout their life. It takes courage, bravery, and a willingness to fail in order to take the leap into the ocean.
As H. Jackson Brown stated, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor”. Life moves quickly and we must forge our own path if we want a life that is outside of the ordinary. If you are waiting for someone or something else to push you in the right direction, you will probably be waiting for the rest of your life. It starts with you.
What is it that you want? No dream is too small or too big. It is all relative to us and what our vision is for our life. Maybe it is getting into shape, applying to grad school, building your dream home, or making a million dollars. Whatever it is, it is only attainable if you decide to take the leap.
The catch? If we stay in the shallow end, we can see our feet. Firmly placed on the ground. We know exactly where we are standing and there is no chance of turbulence or interference. When we decide to take the leap into the ocean, we can no longer see our feet on the ground. In fact, we may be treading water at one moment, and riding the surf the next. It is unpredictable, uncertain, and rough sometimes. But it is beautiful. Why? Because that is the place where our dreams come true and where we become who we were meant to be. Where our life becomes exciting, and deeply meaningful.
Surround yourself with people who are also deciding to swim in the ocean from time to time. And when you need a break, take a dip in the shallow end. There is nothing wrong with that. But remember before you get too comfortable, the ocean is waiting for you. Your time is now.