The social media machine is certainly a wild, weird and sometimes, wonderful, beast. I’ve stumbled across all manner of veritable gems via Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and Tumblr. While there’s certainly a lot of junk to sift through, if you aim a discerning eye at the screen you just might find a diamond. One of the blogs I love reading is Anna’s Little Reminders of Love (find her on my blogroll) and last week she featured a post by Illana of Makeness. It shook me like an earthquake (level 9 on the Richter scale) and I felt compelled to share it with ‘my people’. Sunday morning saw two lovely sista’s, Shell and Amy (visiting from the big city), huddled in bed with pj’s and strong coffee, as I read a little Dr Seuss and The Leap (yup, I dig reading to my guests… poor long suffering creatures they are). Since they loved it, I thought you might too:
by Illana Burk
You stand there… looking at the divide that stands between what you have and what you want.
The chasm is where all the things you’re afraid of lie – waiting in the quiet shadows. They don’t even notice you. They share their quiet existence only with themselves – creeping softly in the dark.
But you feel them – whispering at you to back off of the ledge, and head back to safety.
But you’re ready.
You WANT what’s on the other side.
You NEED what’s on the other side.
So you stand there. Firmly planted. And think about how you got here.
A lifetime of tiny choices – missteps – failures – triumphs.
A career of excellence and shortcomings.
A thousand encouraging words – and even more that stung to the core.
You stand here because you were meant to.
You were driven to.
You have to.
And now, here you stand, firmly planted.
Hoping that the path rises up to meet your fearful feet.
Hoping that this last test is one you can pass.
Hoping that what’s on the other side is worth it.
Hoping that you have enough faith to unearth one foot, and then the other to take that first step – eyes closed – into the dark.
The only sound you hear is the quickening thump in your chest.
Your palms ache from being squeezed beneath you nervous fingers.
You wish, more than anything that someone would just give you a push.
The voice in your head is telling you all the reasons why this is a bad idea.
You could go back to the job you hate.
You could tell your friends and family the same thousand excuses you’ve used before when you failed in this moment.
They will love you anyway.
You could turn around right now and no one would judge you.
And that voice is right.
You could do any of those things, and it would all be ok.
But you know something that little voice in your head doesn’t.
You are ready.
This time IS different.
You’re ready to have the life you’ve always wanted.
You’re ready to risk it all.
You’re ready to be the exception, not the rule.
You have that fire inside you that tells you that no matter what, all roads lead here.
To this very spot.
The voice in your head quiets.
And all you hear is the sound of One. Long. Slow. Breath.
Any you’re not hoping anymore.
Now, you know.
You know that this is it.
You know that the money will come.
You know that you are brilliant.
You know that the road will rise up to meet you.
You know that this path – is the only path, and the one you traveled to get here is gone.
And you CAN do this.
And you are not afraid anymore.
And you are certain.
And you know that It. Will. Be. Fucking. Amazing.
You know this.
You know this.
And the earth around your feet begins to soften.
And your fingers tingle with excitement.
And your heartbeat begins to slow.
There is only one think left to do.
You open your eyes.
And you leap.
Now doesn’t that inspire you to base-jump into the abyss and follow your dreams – wherever they lead?