Here I am, yet again. The turning point. A position I've found myself numerous times during the past several years. My toes are poised on the edge of the jump zone, the cliff if you will...yet an unseen force is holding me back. My arms are outstretched with hope...yet I remain frozen in fear. What the hell am I really afraid of? Success? Happiness? Living my dreams? What really is to fear in these options?
Realistically, there is nothing to fear. There is only potential fulfillment in the path of happy destiny. Yet, up until today I've chosen the path of least resistance. If I were to be brutally honest, I've been making this choice my entire life. Don't ruffle any feathers....don't upset the apple cart...keep everyone happy. My M.O.D. has been to be the good girl. The one who smoothes things over.
It's time for me to break out of the shackles. Here I find myself back on the edge of the cliff.
For my loyal readers...this is not a surprise. I've been here for some time now. The girl who cried "wolf!!" has seemed ready to move forward, then as she is about to make her move she falls back yet again. Those who know me well are holding their breath...expecting me to jump...yet here I have remained. There is egotism there. What will people think? If the caterpillar becomes the butterfly? Change.... In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really matter who I please. It matters that my actions reflect my own next right action. To do "the next right thing." For myself. Ultimately, if I am not acting in my own interests, what the hell am I doing? Who's life am I really living if I care only about what others might think, or how my actions might impact others while thinking nothing of myself?
The cliff has seemed to be a safe haven. Yet at the same time a stagnant place. The strength within me yearns to leap into the unknown freedom, and meanwhile the fear keeps it's stronghold. Deep rooted, as my feet seem to be in the rocky ground of the cliff.
Pain, frustration, stunted growth. This is where I have sat, almost comfortably. Just existing. Allowing life to flourish around me, yet not completely free to join in myself.
For a year now I've been writing about facing my fears. Through baby steps, similar to my athletic training, I've gotten stronger. Comfortable in my own skin.
To thine own self be true. Live honestly, nobly and remain open and in complete willingness to embrace life's challenges. This is the only way I can grow.
Fear No More...