05 Nov What If It Turns Out Better than You Could Have Possibly Dreamed Of?
The things we didn’t do.
Imagine looking back at all the chances we never took, the hands unraised and the questions unasked; the trips never taken and the conversations that never were.
There’s a somber beauty there — a reality which will never bloom, like trees in the winter which never again find the warmth of the sun.
This might be uncomfortable. It’s about to get better, I promise.
Now — imagine the things you truly wish to do.
The question you’re dying to ask, the trip you’re being called to take, the life change you feel deep within your bones is right.
In the past, fear has prevented us from acting on these desires and dreams. The world tells us why we shouldn’t go, or why the relationship won’t work.
But it’s an illogical fear when we dread the question: “what if?”
What if it goes wrong? What if they don’t like me? What if I fail?
We’re fearing a reality that’s never been.
Consider this, and let it resonate throughout your spirit and soul:
What if it turns out exactly as you imagine… or better?
What if you find the courage to do the thing, and your life changes in a way you never could have possibly imagined?
When we decide to take that step and act on it, the universe, I swear it, will have our back. There will be days of navigating the unknown like a crawling baby in the dark without a fucking clue of what we’re doing.
But we took a chance.
We heeded to the call of our heart, our heart — not living for somebody else’s dream, not adhering to what others tell us is the right thing to do, nor sticking with what we’ve always done.
We acted, and one way or another the universe will notice. It will carry us, it will teach us, it will defend us.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. — Mark Twain
I’m planning on moving to Japan in 2022 to teach English and see what I’m made of. The fear of the unknown is downright scary. I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t keep me up at night.
But the possibility of discovering more about myself, about people, and about what makes this life worth living is far too beautiful to pass up.
I have to listen to this intuitive yearning of my soul.
I don’t know why I’m drawn to live in another country, but as my brother in arms, Gregory Russell Benedikt told me a couple of days ago: I’m being called to do it.
I was telling Greg that my other friend sent me a video titled “why you’ll HATE living in Japan.”
Come on, man!
I think it was meant as a joke, but of course it got me thinking. We must protect our spirit like a dragon guarding gold. Others want to help — my friend wanted to make me laugh or shake me up or who knows what. I appreciate that good sir, but I won’t break easily.
Am I going to trust a clickbait YouTube vid and never act on my dream?
Imagine if I never got on the plane. I’d always wonder why.
There are actions we didn’t take in the past, and there will be roads we don’t tread in the future. It’s beautiful in a way, as the possibilities are truly endless. But it’s not the end of the story.
Join me in shifting our perspective.
What if taking that leap turns out exactly as you imagine when it all goes right… But what if it’s far better than you could have ever possibly dreamed of?
Entertain that thought, and let it resonate in your spirit and soul.