“A ship is always safe at shore, but that’s not what it’s built for.”
Let’s talk about the excuses we make every single day for not going after what we want in life. Why? Because we’re scared shitless.
Yeah, I said it, we’re scared. I’m scared, and you are too. This doesn’t mean that you’re someone who hides in a corner terrified of the world, it means that we all let little fears hold us back from doing what we want to do, from being something great, from doing something that would bring us happiness.
Are we scared of happiness?
What if I told you, you can have the things you want. You can live your dream. You aren’t stuck. How would you respond? Would you scoff at me? Would you roll your eyes? Or would you come back with a “hell yeah, I can!”
For the scoffers, eye rollers, and ordinary cynics:
I feel you. There are barriers, sure. Money, education, location. Guess what can’t hold you back: opportunity. Listen to me when I say: you create your own opportunities, you just have to really want it. By letting your fears keep you from going after what you want, you are sabotaging your life. You don’t want it enough because you’re settling.
It’s all about your mindset, which is 100% in your control. If you check out my DWR page (Dreaming With Reality) you will understand the meaning behind this mindset. For those of you who don’t know, Dreaming With Reality stands for Derek Winn Russell, my best friend and my guardian angel in heaven. Derek had no limits, comfort zones weren’t a thing for him. He was never scared, he was always about his dreams and never confined himself to staying at shore. Maybe that’s why he couldn’t stay here on Earth. Maybe his dreams were just out of this world, so big that he had to become an angel to stand for this cause, this mantra to inspire people not to be afraid and to get out there and do what they love and to love the shit out of life.
Do what scares you the most. Ships are built to endure every wave, storm, and current that comes its way, and so are you. Sure, it could sit pretty in the harbor and remain safe and untouched, but it would never fulfill it’s plan, it would never live its best days in its element out in the sea. Just like a boat, you could remain in a harbor and never experience life to the fullest. You’ll sacrifice your best days for good days. Is “good” good enough for you? Wouldn’t you rather be a brave, strong, and downright badass who takes control of your life and sets sail into the unknown?
Find your element, don’t settle, and dream with reality.