If you could create a painless, inexpensive cure for a single ailment, what would you cure and why?
I first thought about writing about a cure for cancer because of its emerging prevalence in my family, but truth be told, finding a cure is an endeavor that demands our collective attention and resources. Most of us have experienced the havoc and devastation brought on by cancer in our own lives and in the lives of those we love, so as far as I’m concerned a cure is both long overdue and absolutely necessary.
Instead, I’ve opted to write about something a little less serious… a cure for cowardice.
I can remember many times in my life when I’ve stood at the precipice of brilliance and at the last minute opted not to leap, not to soar, not to risk. I’ve wondered what might have happened if I had taken the chance. One might argue “liquid courage” could achieve the same effect. Sure, the act of going through with things might happen with a shot of alcohol, but more often than not, it dulls capacity and feeling and who wouldn’t want to feel the full magnitude of an adrenaline rush that accompanies a brave decision?
Thinking back to those times, I realize now that I was not afraid of failure, but of what going through with things would inevitably mean. It sounds strange, I know, but I was a careful child and carefulness followed me throughout my life. It wasn’t until 10 years ago that I had decided, enough. I had been living a life of coloring inside the lines, not making mistakes and not jumping into new things that could be perceived as disappointments to my family.
Greatness awaits beyond our normal comfort levels and the first thing I needed to obliterate was this feeling of needing to make everyone happy. It took years to do what I’ve always wanted to do and more importantly, to accept the consequences of those decisions. In the past 10 years, I have done so much that I never thought possible and it’s due entirely to stepping off the ledge and hurtling into uncertainty.
May you too embrace the unknown. Come on in! The water’s fine!
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