I am beyond grateful for the opportunities that have allowed me to pursue both personal and professional growth in this year of congruence. This past year has been filled with many adventures. Over the course of 2017, I have
- Traveled to 14 new cities and 2 countries
- Written too many 20-page papers
- Spoken with 5 Fraternity and Sorority Life communities #YCIV
- Lost my keys 3 times
- Jumped off 1 cliff
During our family trip to Curacao, my brother Brian and I decided to cliff jump because – why not?! We were in a new country with the opportunity to do something we can say we did at least once in our lifetime.
When I first sat down to jump, I became extremely anxious and wanted to walk away. The Caribbean Ocean is not as beautiful as advertised when you’re about to leap off a 30-foot cliff. After overthinking, I decided to get up and allow my (little) brother the opportunity to jump first. Without much hesitation, Brian fearlessly jumped off the cliff and into the crystal blue water.
Seeing my brother jump was inspiring. Hearing him say, “just do it” was the voice and words I needed to hear. After taking moments to pray, I stood up, said fuck it, and jumped. Contrary to the negative thoughts in my head, I survived the jump and lived to write about it now. 😄
(Okay, it wasn’t the same cliff in my picture – but it was a cliff nonetheless lol)
Reflecting on this cliff jumping experience, I drew several parallels to my life. From January through December, I have been encountered obstacles that prompted me to say, “just do it.” Most of the time, I did not hesitate and decided to just do it. Other times, I waited patiently anxiously, fearful of the worst that could happen. Ultimately, I became paralyzed and my indecision prevented me from pursuing purpose that has already been ordained over my life.
Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will.
Cliff jumping in Curacao was a once in a lifetime in adventure that my brother and I decided to conquer. However, I challenge us to think about the times we can take more risks in the less adventurous moments of our life.
What is something you have been delaying because you are fearful of the result? Where are places you have been camping out instead of passing through? When’s the last time you’ve done something for the first time?
We don’t have to be in a new country/environment to try something new and practice the faith we know won’t fail. We must make a choice to take a chance or our life will never change.
When opportunity and danger arrive at the same time – which one are you going to give into?
In 2018, I am going to be more intentional to put myself in positions when I don’t know what is going to happen next. I am not going to practice selective faith when it is convenient for me or when the “odds are in my favor.” Between the post-grad job search and graduation, I know the Spring 2018 semester will be one for the books. I have already registered to run for my first half-marathon in April and I could not be more excited.
The next time you are hesitating about trying something new, take it from me, my brother, (and Nike) and JUST DO IT!
Encourage somebody to be great today!