Fears. Doubts. Struggles. We all have them. They seem to never end as you continue on this journey through life. They consume your thoughts and make you question yourself. I think it happens to all of us. But, life is meant to be lived. You have to keep going. Fear only exists within us. Only we can stop ourselves from continuing to move forward.
My favorite line from one of my all-time favorite songs, “Belleau Wood” by Garth Brooks, goes, “Heaven’s not beyond the clouds, it’s just beyond the fear”. That line is a reminder that I feel we all need from time to time. Make your life happen. To get the most out of life and to enjoy the things you’ve always dreamed of enjoying in life, you have to face your fears. I struggle with this, and I think most others do, too. It’s easy to get stuck inside your comfort zone. It’s easy to get stuck in your own little bubble. I still need a nudge every now and then to keep branching out and trying new things, but you have to take chances to enjoy the best things that life has to offer. Nothing truly great ever comes from staying within your comfort zone. I’ve spent years waiting for things to fall into my lap while doing the same things. If you keep doing the same things all the time, then you’ll keep getting the same results. Take chances. Dream, and dare to chase those dreams. If something seems completely crazy, then do it. You might be surprised what comes from it.
Often times, the things we’ve been searching for were already right in front of us. We just needed to realize it, and do something about it. Piece by piece and step by step, I am starting to realize what I have been missing and am putting it into place where it should have been a while ago. Think of life as a puzzle. The pieces are right there in front of you. They all fit and have a specific place. You just have to figure out how to put them together. I think I may be getting closer to figuring out where a few more of those pieces fit into my puzzle.