If you visit my blog often you know I usually write about the adventures and misadventures of my two little girls as well as parentingisms that really irk me. While that’s all fine and dandy, I’m kinda going off the beaten path today. Recently I’ve read and heard about so many people taking leaps of faith in their lives that it really got me thinking, which in turn inspired me to write this post.
We’ve all heard the clichés like “we only go around once” or “you only get one life, so you better live it”…etc. I’ll admit those get so annoying to hear because we all know we have bills to pay and responsibilities to meet which makes it impossible to live our dreams of becoming bartenders on a tropical island.
Someone used to tell me all the time “find your passion”. I always thought it was a weird thing to say to someone, but over the past couple of years, I’m beginning to understand. Everyone has that “something” in life that puts a smile on their face no matter what or motivates them to the highest point. I think we all know what “it” is but are too afraid to pursue it many times. Usually it takes some kind of tragedy for people to really open their eyes to what is important to them. So, it’s refreshing to hear about more and more people seizing the moment now before it is too late.
With all that said, there are so many people who are giving up their jobs to follow their passions. Whether it be teaching yoga, moving to a foreign country, or becoming an entrepreneur, they are making the decision to just do it. They are throwing the typical “9-5” stuff aside to do what they truly enjoy. That takes a lot of guts and faith if you ask me.
I’d like to think I took a mini-leap of faith two years ago when I quit my job to stay at home with my kids. Sure, I could have sent them to daycare, but I didn’t feel comfortable doing that. I’m sure many people thought I was crazy to leave a job I was good at with a decent salary to stay home. I thought I was a little crazy too! Truth be told though, my heart wasn’t in my job anymore. Many days I felt like I was just going through the motions. I was truly happy when I was with my family and when I was writing what I wanted to write. So I’ve used my time to start some writing projects that I will hopefully be able to share in the future as well as take care of my family. I would be lying if I didn’t admit there have been a lot of up hill battles and adjustments, but I’ve just kept climbing the mountain every time I’ve slipped. That’s what happens when you take a leap of faith. You have to expect some bumps along the road and just move on without looking back.
I’m sure many people who’ve chosen a different path realize it’s not always sunshine and roses, but I think it’s better than not trying something new at all. Don’t you? You can always fail, but at least you won’t have regrets. I think those are the worst.
So take a leap of faith, step out of your comfort zone, even if it’s only to try a new food or nail polish color! Baby steps, baby steps…who knows…they may lead to bigger and better things you could have never dreamed.