It’s easy to stay in our comfort zones. The familiar too often traps us from personal growth, breaking patterns and taking risks. The unknown can seem terrifying and impossible to achieve.
But what if taking that leap actually led us closer to our true life purpose? Or helped us in having a major breakthrough or epiphany?
Recently, I decided to take a huge risk by jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet on my 26th birthday. I know it sounds pretty crazy but for some reason I felt really compelled to do it. I’m normally not a thrill-seeker but skydiving seemed like the right way to start off my birthday.
The thought of skydiving didn’t seem to scare me but when the day actually came I was terrified. I remember being in the plane and thinking this could truly be my last day on earth. And then before I knew it, I was looking down at the ground and just jumping.
Eyes wide open and gravity pulling me down at 120 mph I realized just how truly amazing this experience was. I trusted that I was going to land safely and just allowed myself to let go. All of my fears and worries were no longer with me. There was not a care in the world, just me and the sky.
Why do I share this story with you? Well, it’s definitely not to encourage you to skydive, to each his own. I wanted to share this story with you because even though skydiving is a dangerous thing to do, it taught me something about fear and courage.
It taught me to trust that everything is going to be okay regardless of the risks involved. I learned that this experience gave me the confidence to take more risks and make quick decisions regardless if they are going to be right or wrong. Before I always felt scared to make a decision because I wanted to make sure it was the perfect one.
Sometimes we are going to be at a crossroads in our lives where we are going to faced with a major decision which may involve some risk-taking. People are always saying live with no regrets. This opportunity to live your life a little differently from before may be the best risk you ever took. Take the leap and see where it takes you.