The Affect #2
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
This life is..... so many things. Everyone experiences life in their own unique way which is spectacular and gives a sense of identity as individuals. No two lives are exactly the same, each and every one of us living out our lives according to our beliefs, ambitions and agendas. People in general want to make the right choice; whether that's choosing their career, life partner, academic institution, restaurant, living arrangements, friends, and the list goes on. Having the luxury and freedom to choose is overlooked and underrated. Lets think about it for a split second... Imagine not having the freedom to choose and everything you ever done or are to do was selected beforehand without any type of input or concern from you. Your somewhat of a robot, being told what to do and how to do it based upon another persons perspective, this is no way to live and especially no way to grow. Some rather follow than lead and that's fine, but in the long run what does that accomplish? If we are breeding a bunch of followers what will happen when the leaders eventually die off? We will be left with an influx of followers who never learned to lead therefore cannot teach others to lead due to their refusal to learn to lead in the first place.
We cannot be afraid to take our two feet and redirect them in a direction that was not necessarily preordained for us. The path that looks pretty with the perfect landscaping sunshine and rainbow above you does not mean its destined for you. That alluring path might bring some good, I'm not saying that path will not provide any goodness for you but will it help emerge your full potential, and will it bring on newer opportunities you never thought existed? probably not. As the classic proverb says: "All that glitters is not gold" this could not be more true when considering the catered path. The aesthetically alluring trail looks amazing on the surface, and maybe even great on the inside, but how deep does this path really go is the real concern. How many layers does this eye pleasing path possess, how far will it take you until you hit a wall, or worse a ceiling?
Comfort can be...well comfy but also dangerous. Becoming too comfortable can give birth to the idea of settling, which given time will slowly mold into a state of inertia. You never know what you may find or better yet become if you would just be brave and dare to walk a different path once in a while. I myself have built a relationship with something I thought I would never encounter or actually want to do. I have been playing the wonderful sport of basketball since I was seven years old. Over the years playing on teams, leagues and tournaments, my skills naturally grew which made my confidence grow as well. Doing a certain thing constantly with effort and dedication will prosper and flourish into something one can be proud of. What's next? That's what I'm always asking myself. I never attempted to walk another path other than the one I was comfortable or use to.
I remember in high school when the football coach asked me to attend an open practice. He gave me free cleats a jersey and encouraged me to try-out. I said I would think about it, but deep down I knew I wouldn't show up. I was entirely focused on basketball, and for good reason, I was on the team my entire high school career, but in the end was simply an excuse covering up my fear of trying something I was not familiar or comfortable with. Only god knows how good I would have been if I just TRIED. I was interested in track for a moment but ironically ran from that too. I was fast, still am, and I cant help but think that I might of had a chance at scholarships if I ran track or more incredibly ran in the Olympics. I stuck to what I knew and what people knew me for, and in the end I ended up with that horrible feeling of, not regret, but whatever word is closest to that.
Those moments stuck with me and taught me a valuable lesson. How can progression occur when fear and comfort exist? Reverting back to the unlikely relationship I mentioned earlier, I have stumbled across a new love, running. Playing basketball throughout my life obviously demanded that I run, but the running I'm referring to is different. I'm not running just to build stamina which was actually my initial plan to begin with since I had a basketball tournament approaching soon. While running with the intention to train for basketball I discovered how peaceful and exhilarating running is. At first like many new ventures its rough, you want to throw in the towel immediately and start making excuses to make yourself feel better like, "this is not for me", or "at least I tried." Quick question, when we try something new and fail and then utter the words at least I tried, are we being honest with ourselves, did we actually try?
What is it to really try? I personally think you actually try when you put your entire heart, mind body and time into something a push your very limits until you have nothing, absolutely nothing else to give, but that's just me. Lost track of things, alright back to my new found love. Yes, running has entered my heart and swept me off my feet. I enjoy waking up with the sun and running while the birds fly above me and I hear my very own breath inhaling and exhaling at a accelerated rate. My two feet hitting the concrete one after the other in attempt to get my mile timing down is motivation enough for me to push pass muscle fatigue. Its poetry in motion for me, its active meditation, its...something new! As I've gotten older basketball has become a bit more of a challenge physically and I been on the hunt for something new, not in my wildest dreams did I think running would enter my life where basketball mostly occupied it.
This is totally what Ms. Frizzle was referring to when she said, "Take chances make mistakes and get messy." How will we discover without taking chances, how will we learn without making mistakes, and how can we grow without getting a little messy time to time? I advise and encourage others to keep their eyes peeled and always have an open mind, especially to things you might not be too familiar with. You never know what you may come across and fall in love with by just venturing off the typical path and embracing the unknown.