We’ve all experienced it at some point in our life. Changing your major to study something that interests you, quitting your job to pursue something you’re passionate about, asking out that girl you’ve had a crush on forever. Wanting to go after something that could be so amazing that it’s actually terrifying.
It’s always the same thought that stops us when it comes to a big risk, “what if I crash and burn or get hurt?” That’s when you have to decide if the rewards are worth it. Taking the analogy a bit literally to skydiving; it’s the adrenal rush when you take the first step, the perspective of seeing things from thousands of feet up, the elation of your feet being secure on the ground, and the story of it all to pass on at the end.
All of those rewards transfer to so many other things though. The rush when you walk out of the job you just quit, thinking of the future to come when you ask that person to marry you, looking back one day seeing how happy you are with where you ended up, and of course the story to tell at the end.
Now is the part where I get more real, because there’s something people seem to forget, there’s still a lot of stuff you have to do when you jump out of plane after that first step. It would be great if you could just free fall and land on your feet exactly where they need to be, but if you do that you’re gonna hit the ground pretty hard.
First you have to turn your body, put yourself over the spot you want to land. Then there’s your chute, pull it. As hard as it is to admit you need help that’s why that life line is there, take it and let it help you. You may be able to survive the landing without it, but it’s going to be a lot more rough without it. Even when the ground is right there you have to keep your feet moving.
All this is to say, remember to put in the effort to get where you want to end up. It’s risky, terrifying to think what could go wrong, but the rewards are pretty great. Take that leap, put in the effort, and get one hell of a story to tell at the end.