“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ~Mark Twain
As we head into a new year, it can be tempting to focus on how we will try to better conform to who others think we should be or to better squeeze ourselves into a “safe,” confined life. What if you were to dream larger and aim for becoming a bigger, more outrageous, more authentic version of yourself instead? What would that look like for you?
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” ~Rumi
We make ourselves small in so many ways to fit in, to avoid risk, to appease others, but we were made to soar. What parts of yourself have you crippled or hidden to keep yourself small? How might you re-open those wings to be all of who you are?
“The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.” ~Karen Salmansohn
It seldom requires huge leaps outside of our comfort zone for the benefits to appear. We just need to take that first step past of the exit ramp.
Where do you need to step out of your comfort zone today?
“It’s hard to know whether to laugh or to cry at the human predicament. Here we are with so much wisdom and tenderness, and—without even knowing it—we cover it over to protect ourselves from insecurity. Although we have the potential to experience the freedom of a butterfly, we mysteriously prefer the small and fearful cocoon of ego.” ~Pema Chödrön
How often fear tempts us into being a smaller version of ourselves as we seek to protect ourselves, and yet what amazing freedom lies beyond that cocoon of ego when we are able to face fear without hiding away our deeper wisdom and tenderness.
“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked.
“You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”
We have to let go of what we know and are comfortable with to reach for our dreams. That always means facing risk and the discomfort of change.
But your dreams are worth it! What do you need to let go of in order to transform into who you want to be?