Making a move. Taking that first very frightening step. Hoping to fly when you just…might… fall.
I remember when I was vulnerable. BIG time. We all experience some forms of vulnerability at different levels and at different times. I met my biggest vulnerability around 10 years ago.
For me it was time that I could take one of two paths. I could stay where I was or I could try something new. I decided to trust my gut instinct and open myself up to being vulnerable. I was ready for a change. I actually needed a change. So I just did it. <fingers crossed>
I made a move (quite literally) and packed up and headed to Boston. I’ve always LOVED that city and thought, “why not?” People move to different cities all the time, but for me this was both a physical and emotional move. I needed a fresh start. So I was going. I was moving. By myself. And my kitty. I was beyond nervous. Only knowing 1 other friend in the entire town. I had no family or other friends there, but I still did it. Was I crazy? I thought I was…
I took that ever-so-terrifying leap. I moved to Boston for my fresh start in life. It was frightening. I didn’t have any confirmation that I would make it there, or that I would make great friends, or that I would be successful.
I did make great friends. I did find success. I fell in love with all…things….Boston! I came alive.
Me and my fabulous friend, Amy
Having a BLAST Meeting the Irish band The Pogues at a Boston Bar
And WHY am I sharing this story with you? It’s a valuable reminder about putting yourself out there. Even when it makes you feel vulnerable. Vulnerable does NOT mean small… it means that it wakes you up to something larger than yourself right in that moment. Make smart choices… but always go for it even when it might be a tad terrifying.
Times when you are feeling vulnerable… Thinking of taking a chance… Not sure which direction to go…Think about this:
1. You have to believe there are laughs and giggles wherever you go, whatever situation. Whatever “move” you make.
2. Generally the most worthwhile things you do in life scare the bageezers out of you at first.
3. You don’t always need a plan. You just need to take it day by day and trust.
4. There isn’t always a perfect time for things… sometimes you just need to jump and take that chance.
5. Making a big life change is scary… but know what’s even scarier? Regret.
Me chillin’ at a tidal pool at Herring Cove Beach in Cape Cod
Vulnerable is…. pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Know what? I would much rather fail than never try.
To this day, my husband and I travel to Cape Cod every summer. It has become my place of peace and remembering where I took my biggest leap of faith….and I flew.