The Leap of Faith, to jump into the unknown. To take your chances, without truly knowing what the outcome will be. It can be terrifying, the sort of leap you make with your heart firmly in your throat, praying that you do not plummet once you cross the precipice.
Yet there are many times in life where we reach this precipice, arrive at the edge of a canyon with only the vast unknown ahead of us. Where we must either take our chances and leap, or choose to play it safe and walk away.
For examples, taking a new potential career opportunity is one such leap, after all you do not know how it may end up. Getting married is also such a leap of faith, as no one can tell for certain how the future will be. Yet despite the potential risks of both things, people still do them, as they believe it in their heart that it is worthwhile to take that chance.
And I would say it is good to take these opportunities, to take these leaps. Elsewhere you may wander though your life always wondering the question “What If?”. What if I went for that job opening, what if I asked that person out? At least with taking a leap, you will know the answer to that question. And you won’t look back in ten years time wondering how life would have been different if you tried to make the leap and take the chance.
Though of course it is a terrifying thing to do, to leap. It is natural to be anxious and nervous doing such a thing. But even if things do not turn out how you may have wanted, you will learn from the experience and you will be able to pick yourself up, dust yourself off and continue onward regardless. You never truly learn if you always play it safe, and will also never know how capable you actually are, simply because you never put yourself to the test.
You may gain a few scars along the way, but these are ones that show that you have truly lived. The scars and experiences that provide wisdom and character. They are scars that you can grow from, ones that will make you all the stronger and wiser for the the road ahead.
So I would say to you, that you can overcome the fears of taking that leap across the abyss. That you can steady yourself, that you can take a deep breath, start running and then just…leap.
After all, how can you know if you are able to fly and soar high, if you don’t take that first initial leap?