When you hear the phrase "Rise Up!", what comes to your mind? Over the course of the last few weeks, I have been hearing this phrase over and over in my head. Don't worry, it's not a crazy voice speaking to me. It's more of a feeling, a drive, an urge if you will. It's this feeling of waking up and knowing there is so much more out there for you, but you have to rise up! You're going to have to work to claim it. It isn't something that can just be handed to you. If you want it, you are going to have to push through the doubters and the negativity that inevitably will come your way. It may even require you to step out away from those who support you. It's going to leave you feeling exposed and naked in a way that you have never felt before. You are going to find yourself with longer hours and way too many sleepless nights. You're going to look around for support, and if you're lucky... there may be one or two who will catch hold of your vision. It's going to have you feeling lonely in a way you could never imagine. That's alright though, at least that is what I am learning.
As long as I can remember, I have always felt like there was more out there for me. I would have these dreams or ideas that I felt could lead to bigger things. I always managed to talk myself out of them though. I would tell myself that I am not in the right spot to really pursue them. I would doubt myself or my own abilities and convince myself that I didn't have the necessary background or knowledge that was needed. I would basically choose to stay in what was a "safe" spot, versus really going all out for something. Yes, there has definitely been challenges in life that arose and situations that did make things difficult; however, I cannot shake the feeling of what would have happened if I had truly gone all out? If I had risen up and embraced the challenge rather than retreating to what I felt was "safe".
That brings me to this moment in my life. I feel like I am at a crossroads. I have two paths in front of me. There is one that is well traveled and the vast majority of us choose to take. Then there is the other path. It looks a little rocky. You cannot really see too far down the pathway as there is a lot of bends and turns. It may even lead over a mountain or two. It looks in pretty bad shape and gives the impression that it will not be easy. The secret of that path though is that it is the one that leads to success. It is the one that will challenge you to grow in ways you never thought you could. It is also the one that most people tend to avoid. So here I stand... do I take the "safe" path one last time, or do I choose to rise up? I guess time will tell and hopefully, some of you will join me on this journey.