Our lives are at the mercy of a series of currents and tides. Some carry a weight to great to bear, and others bring opportunity. Some days we wake up to find ourselves in between these rolling tides gasping for air before the next wave of salty water comes crashing on our heads. Other days we find ourselves floating on calm currents allowing the wind and water to carry us away. We look out in the ocean and find that immensity staring dauntingly right back at us. Then, we plant our feet firmly in the sand never daring to tread too far away from the shore. The shore is a place where familiarity provides a falsehood of security so we never have to be faced with the fear of the unknown that dwells in the overwhelming ocean. We sit and we admire the vastness, but never harness the courage to explore it. Those few brave moments we decide to dive headfirst are short lived and hollow moments of bravery, because we never allow ourselves lose sight of the shore. We are always paddling and looking back for the shore.
Many of us live our lives like this. We look out into the vastness of life content with staying right where we are. Why? Because it’s safe and it’s familiar. There is no way to trip if you’re standing perfectly still. Even worse than just sitting by letting life happen around you is to vicariously find accomplishment through the lives of the people around you. Your life is not something you should witness. It is something you have to live. How can you live if you never allow yourself to run and trip sometimes? We spend our lives never truly grasping the potential of our limits. We will never let ourselves go as far as we can for fear of not being able to make it back. Each generation has an obligation to exceed its former. We all have a duty to live our life to its fullest capacity. If you dream, dream impossibly. If you create, create unconventionally. If you build, build beyond physical limitation. And most importantly, if you love, love whole-heartedly with all the strength in your soul. Love with every fiber of who you are. Love without fear. I tell you from experience, that if you love this way you will never wake up feeling as though you were only a witness in your own life. Allow yourself to be wrapped in the coldfire of love. Life is too short to not seize precious moments.