I’ll never forget those last few weeks spent at home preparing to embark on the journey that has brought me to where I am today. I was scared that it was crazy to let go and leave everything I’d ever known and loved just to try and reach for a new kind of joy and satisfaction. I was scared that there was no such thing as the best of both worlds, and I was scared that the cost of chasing my dreams was too high a price to burden another with.
Yet, somewhere along the way I learned that those fears were actually okay. That courage has less to do with fearlessness and more to do with how we react and face things which dishearten us. So here I am, pursuing my dreams as avidly as I know how, in the midst of a journey that is taking me from where I’ve come from to where I want to be.
Although being ambitious and having tenacity are crucial characteristics needed to achieve success, I’ve found that the equilibrium between striving and contentment is the most important thing to comprehend. While I may not know what opportunities lay ahead, pushing forward and applying myself to the best of my abilities is what keeps me in check with my purpose.
“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” ― Winston Churchill
On the other hand, I’m learning that maintaining balance, a sense of (moderate) moderation, and rest are equally essential. There’s a reason day turns into night, summer turns into fall, and peaks turn into valleys. Life was set up in symmetry and balance; serenity and contentment are equally important to initiative and zeal.
There’s a very definite line between comfort and adventure. As I press forward and accept the inherent risk, uncertainty, and spontaneity required to pursue my purpose and desire to impact the world, I must also stop, breathe, and look back in contentment at the beautiful country road that helped bring me here. That’s where I am today, speechlessly in awe of the beauty that surrounds me, basking in the sunlight and seeing its impact on everything it touches. Here I am realizing, maybe for the first time, that I do in fact have the best of both worlds and that my efforts have and will be worth it.