Imagine spending your entire life being told that you can’t fly. That it is dangerous. It’s not safe. It’s not sensible. You don’t have what it takes. You will never make it!
Have you ever read the classic “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”? Jonathan was raised this way. Being surrounded by limitations imposed by others, but still believing deep down that he could soar with the eagles.
I can totally relate to Jonathan’s plight. Not that all the limitations in my life where imposed by others. Many were self imposed doubts and fears, and even laziness of spirit.
But eventually the pain of remaining safe began to outweigh the risk of leaving the “nest”. The desire to fly became so overwhelming that it was impossible to ignore. And learning a new career (and indeed a new way of life) at age 45, is much like the tiny bird learning to fly for the very first time. It’s scary. There is definite risk involved. I could crash and burn. I could fall to the ground, a screaming mess, never able to get up. But I doubt it. Even if I never end up soaring with the eagles… at least I will have left the nest. The fear of failure has been replaced by a fear of never having known what could have been. Maybe I will great at what I do. Maybe I will be mediocre. But as long as I am doing what I love and truly enjoying every minute of the process, then I am already the success I crave.
And I can fly!!!