The other day I was at a Toastmasters meeting where someone read an article about taking risks. The article was from a success magazine, such as INC or Forbes, I can’t remember which one. Regardless, the essence of the article was saying that taking risks is a healthy part of life and growth. The opposite of taking risks is not to take risks and stay on the path well traveled verses the one less traveled.
Lately, it feels like each day is a risk. Learning to navigate being an empty nester, simultaneously while learning to live alone, due to my husbands vigorous travel schedule. Pounding the pavement to build my consulting practice. This is not how I imagined my 40th trip around the planet would go. It is in every sense, a life on the edge.
From day to day I flow between excitement, enthusiasm and then forlorn, all in the same day! Look, I used a big word! My friends are always playing around with words that expand our vocabulary. See! This is what my brain does these days. Honestly, it’s exhausting. I’m so tired all the time. The worst part, I have somehow attracted this life and the trials that I face. They continue the more I resist and fight the reality that is me. As much as I hate to admit it, I can see the pattern and cycle clearly.
Life on the edge is full of ebbs and flow of highs and lows. Very much like entrepreunership. Yet, somehow I know that this is in my highest and best good and yours too. It’s giving me time to really dig into my consulting business and perfect coaching. I have no shortage of life experience and while sometimes I wish it were different, I can see that it all matters.
All the experiences, my struggles and hard knocks are what make me relatable to people. While I may look like I have it all together on the outside, I can assure you that I do not. However, I can also assure you that no matter what storm you may be facing, I can relate in some way through my own experiences and I’ve got compassion with you.
The world is a tough classroom, one that can be really brutal. Yet at the end of the day, she is full of compassion. We only get to see that when we get out of our own way. As a friend said to me, “Step Over Yourself”. As I continue to live life on the edge, I’m learning what it means to step over myself.
Somedays go well, while others are a complete train wreck. My husband is a true warrior some days. Funny, when we stop acting like we are the glue that holds the whole world together and stop pouting when we don’t get what we want; suddenly there’s so much clarity. One thing is for sure, growth is painful and stunningly beautiful at the same time. I’m sure if you ask the dragonfly what it’s like to leave the safety of the underwater world and go out to the big unknowns of the world above the water, it might have a lot to say. For example, “WTF you want me to go where?”, “I don’t think I can do it, my wings aren’t strong enough.”, “I’m not ready.”,”Something will eat me.”, or “It’s too much to handle.” Yet the alternative is drowning. You get the point.
What is life on the edge like for you? What are you attracting? How do you step over yourself? Please take a few moments and comment below. Where ever you are on your life on the edge journey, I’m here to encourage you to keep going. I understand how hard it can be and how each day is a new beginning. So laugh when you feel like laughing, scream, yell, cry, through yourself in to work, allow yourself to be present and feel what you feel. Tomorrow is a new day. As Glennon Doyle says, “Each new sunrise is the promise that God isn’t giving up on you.” If God doesn’t give up on us then I guess we ought to keep going.