For years, I leaned forward into a life I never arrived at.
I was preoccupied with everything I thought would make me happy and that would eventually make my life mean something important – like a successful career, financial security, overseas holidays, a home, a husband and family.
Then one day, during a prolonged period of extreme unhappiness, I quit.
I left a long-term relationship that I had over-stayed.
I quit my job without another job to go to.
Eventually I packed up my belongings to travel and be free for a while.
Unshackled from routine and my never-ending planning and doing, I found myself in wonder at this life and what it truly means to be alive.
Free of ties and blindfolds, free of commitment and expectation, I sank into the invitation to move the way my spirit moved me instead of the way I thought I should move through my life.
I began to see the magic all around:
in the blossoming of flowers,
in the setting of the sun,
in the kind and gentle touch of a lover,
in the sting of being misunderstood,
in the flow of following my intuition and the surprising terrain it guided me through.
I let go of what I thought life should look like and how it should unfold by becoming open and free and willing to see what could be possible.
I became a blank canvas for the universe to write on and through.
I began to experience the rapture of living in the aliveness that is only available now and cannot be deferred or chased.
Your life might not look like mine. You may not be called to the same adventure, to quit a job, to leave a relationship, to travel or to change careers. But there will be times during your life that you will be called to adventure in your own unique way.
You may resist or deny the call. Making life changes can be thrilling for some but scary for others. Resisting that step for too long can lead to pain and suffering or even a dulling of vitality or complete loss of joy.
My wish for you is that you don’t stay stuck in the resistance for too long.
May you gather your courage and your allies and supporters who really want the best for you and can hold space for your change.
May you find your way to let go of whatever may be holding your back, or find the energy of your tipping point to move you forward.
There is no formula for letting go and moving forward and it’s usually never as simple as just letting go as some people may tell you, although they may mean well.
There can also be a lot to learn from our resistance if we unpack and explore it, but staying stuck for too long can be unnecessary and unhelpful.
If you find yourself stuck and need some support to help you move forward, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m here and ready to help.
With love and courage,