Spring is in the air. Last night as I drove home listening to the first Red Sox game of the season on the radio, I couldn’t resist considering what lay ahead this summer. Will it be another of tempered enthusiasm due to Covid, or perhaps a lively on-going social affair with friends and family gathered around while music sets the backdrop perfectly. For sure, it is certainly time to get back out there and live a little. And therein is an opportunity to venture out beyond your predictable daily horizon right now too.
If you consider where you are presently in your own personal growth space, does contentment rule the day or are you anxious to mind-explore? I arrived at this same contemplation about six months ago. Things were getting just a tad routine. Having always tried vigorously to take on more than I should for some reason, the guarded version of myself had become slightly discontent by a lack of opportunity to jump forth into the frigid waters of the unknown. I typically enjoy being more uncomfortable than comfortable, remaining there by design. It is where my source of enrichment thrives, constantly undertaking something new and different to challenge myself. Lately, it hasn’t been easy, but I’ve managed to do it. Others need to do so as well.
In many ways, society has become almost eerily comfortable right now within its own restrictive bubbles. We have cocooned a bit too much due to Covid, in order to remain safe. Each day tends to look like the next, and so it goes. We sleepwalk through regularity and mediocrity without caring in the least. We don’t want to get sick. Life learning as we know it has been placed on hold without any consideration.
Figuratively, too many pairs of experiential wings retracted quickly over a year ago, and have been allowed to remain as such. Today they gather dust and are in need of a thorough and drastic refresh. Unfortunately, as a result of the last four quarters of being in isolation, we have inherently become insulated from experiencing any new degrees of personal growth. Tragically, it has almost become too easy to sit and wait for tomorrow rather than take hold of today as we used to.
Regretfully I fear this cycle has become acceptable and allowed to become the new norm. The risks of personal stagnation have become more prominent now than ever before. This radical cycle needs to be interrupted very quickly. It must not be allowed to permeate much longer at the expense of experience.
It is time to get back out there and queasily feel a little unsure of yourself once again, just as you did in the good ‘ole days. Time to seek a completely unfamiliar new landscape with which to explore fervently while listening to your favorite song. Time to try and do something so out of character, even your very best friend may raise an eyebrow. Do it with a smile and headshake.
If you spend all of your days standing on one side of the bridge staring at the other side and wondering, how are you any better off? Sometimes too we need to venture forth into new and different territories. Could it be the right time as well, to finally cross that damn bridge and see what is on the other side after staring at it forever and a day curiously wondering what might be over there?
Spring thaw provides us the opportunity to begin anew. Why not kick forcefully, and swing open a few ambiguous doors and proceed triumphantly through them. Some may be nothing more than a threshold to an empty room. All perfectly fine. Remember too, it only takes one door to contain something brilliant.
Unleash upon yourself a new untapped avenue of life growth. Set your sights high and contemplate some radical unfamiliar adventure in the very near future. Force yourself to be gloriously miserable for a period of time. If only to come out on the other side a stronger person.
Perhaps this season should be the perfect opportunity to step away from the warming glows of protected content, and closer towards the scorchingly brilliant spotlight shining down on butterfly-rousing uncertainty.
Possibly this spring you will flourish and drift into a new direction, perhaps not. Either way, it is always better to keep moving forward rather than standing still. When did it become acceptable to stop pushing oneself for more out of life anyway. Take charge, set your new course.
Remove your hands out from your pockets. Grip the door-knob, venture across the bridge, explore the unknown, dust off those wings. It is time.
Walk, run, skip, jump, or bound forth triumphantly into the new light.
Oh, it’s time…