Staying alive and living are two different things. Most of us grow our entire lives staying alive. Don’t worry, I’ve been doing that too. And it’s okay if you are because we have our mind set on doing the things our parents taught us, when teachers lectured us, what the news tells us. It’s all a never ending loop of what the good things in your life are and how you should achieve them. I grew up with parents who spent their young adult years traveling around the world as journalists. I listened to stories upon stories of all of their adventures. Some were fascinating and courageous, like the time they went to see a volcano erupt. They told me that all of the villagers thought they were crazy, but the next day they made a celebration throughout the whole town just for them. And then some stories are more on the scary and thrilling side, like when they being shot at by a gang. My parents had to run through a city from them and then go into hiding all because my Dad was wearing a blue shirt.
I appreciated how willing my parents were to just go out there and do something different yet exciting. Not many people are willing to do that in this day in age because of how much they hold their life near and dear to their heart. Don’t get me wrong, I am the same, but lately I’ve been wondering what would feel like to let that all disappear into darkness and return later on in my life. I wonder what it feels like to be chased by a gang or to watch a volcano erupt. I want to know what the true meaning of my life is.
Before my parents died, they both told me that it’s okay to be afraid, but it’s much more okay to face your fears and do something gutsy and bold. And that’s what I’m going to do. Last Monday I told my boss that I would no longer be working there after the two weeks notice. I then cancelled any meetings or lunch dates with friends and bought a ticket to Japan. Today is the day I leave, for what I expect, I have no idea. That’s the great thing about letting your worries go, is that you don’t know exactly what you’re getting yourself into, but what you do know is that you’re going to start living your life.
I dare you to to stop staying alive and start living.