Do you remember when you rode a bike for the first time?
You rode it almost everyday, constantly pedaling away the two wheels, with the addition of the two small training wheels hooked on the back. Even though you couldn’t ride your bike without training wheels, when riding your bike, you felt as if you were going somewhere and completely capable of doing anything, because balancing on four wheels was a piece of cake.
When the time comes to take the training wheels off, you realize how difficult the activity really is and start to doubt whether you are in fact capable of riding a bike on your own, without assistance. Despite hesitance and fear of the unknown answer to your quandary, you decide to continue attempting to master the art that is bicycle riding.
You pedal, lose your balance, fall consistently, yet continue to get back up and try again. Sooner or later, you’re riding a bike and don’t understand how it was ever so hard in the first place. You now know that you’re capable more than you gave yourself credit for.
That’s how I think about life, well my life anyway.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve lived my life with training wheels. I’ve been careful with every direction I’ve headed towards, yet content with knowing that I would always be okay and safe. I didn’t realize, until now being older and longing for adventure, that I was never living life. When I took my training wheels off and rode my bike for the first time on my own, I felt ready for the next challenge, for I was capable of handling and overcoming it.
I’m at the point in my life when it’s time to take the training wheels off.
It’s important to trust yourself and know you’re a capable person. You have to be willing to face life without hiding inside your comfort zone (running away from hardships, to avoid dealing with them).
The older I’ve gotten, the more I realize that it’s time to overcome the fear of failure, hardships, hurting people, not living up to expectations/standards and whatever else the case might be. It’s time to let go and face life head on.
Just a thought…