By Francesca Escarraga
The greatest reward lies in the things that challenge your comfort zone.
We’ve all been in the same boat at some point in our lives – frightened, lost, anxious, insecure, and consumed by darkness. Oftentimes, the bleak clouds that loom over our lives hail from unfulfilled aspirations and plans that we’ve been holding back for years. We’d rather choose to spend our time staying ashore instead of taking the plunge into the unknown simply because it’s safe, comfortable, and familiar – therein lies the problem.
Do you ever find yourself constantly drowning in what ifs and should haves? Tirelessly thinking if there is more to life than doing a job that dulls the sparkle in you, if you’ll ever find the missing piece or muster the courage to walk away from the things and people that hinder you from reaching your full potential. If you keep living in mediocrity, you’ll miss out on experiencing the extraordinary life that awaits beyond the horizon.
Don’t get stuck in the middle of the sea letting life pass you by. If you must go into the depths of your soul to survive, then go all the way. There is no place in this world for a half-lived life. Sometimes, you find the answers and strength you’re looking for most especially when you hit rock bottom. It’s only when you allow yourself to live through the high and low tides of life that you truly understand the value, beauty, and madness of pursuing your heart’s desires.
There is no such thing as an easy life; the reason why you’re afraid to chase your passions is the fact that they’re exceptional, profound and significant. Everything that is meant to change the world for the better will always challenge your state of mind, emotional being, and boundaries – that’s when you know you’ve found the true meaning and purpose of your existence. If everything was handed to you on a silver platter, you will not grow, appreciate, and know the liberating feeling of turning your dreams into reality through blood, sweat and tears.
The first step is always the most difficult to take, but learning to walk on your own will get you to places far beyond you’ve ever imagined. Let your heart guide you as you create your own path. Only you could pave the way to victory. The ride will always be bumpy and the wind will take you to different directions, but in order to overcome these struggles, one must learn how to adjust the sails. You are the captain of your destiny, navigating through a vast and endless sea of possibilities.
So, ask yourself, will I choose to remain in still waters and waste away the prospect of a remarkable life or venture out into the raging torrents and be able to live out my hopes and wishes?
Most people choose to go against the current; to defy their limitations, discover uncharted waters, and unceasingly find ways to stay afloat in the midst of chaos. The wave of challenges may engulf you in fear but you must realize that it’s usually times like these that the only way to stay alive is to incessantly fight hard tide after tide – for yourself, your life, loved ones, goals, and dreams. When you do, you’ll find the lighthouse that will guide you home to safety, contentment, and genuine happiness. There is some truth to the old adage after all; smooth sailing seas never made a skilled sailor.