Taking a Leap

Last year, my friends brought me to a high-element obstacle course as part of my birthday celebration. I was 15-metre above the ground and one of the obstacles require us to leap from one plank to another plank. The gap between the two planks is quite big, to me. How do you think you would react if you were in that obstacle?

Me? I hesitated for a moment before leaping. I was not afraid of the height, in fact, I wished it was higher. But for some reason, I briefly tasted fear. Should I do it? Can I make it? What if I jumped wrongly? Will I be alright? Those were the thoughts that popped into my mind.

And that is exactly how I reacted for every leap I took in my life – taking up responsibility, showing others my work, sending out my resume, my first day of work and etc.

Taking that leap can be frightening. In a way, you are stepping out of your comfort zone. The uncertainty of whether taking this leap will be a mistake or not, might creep into your mind. The other side just seems hazy. Anxiety says hello and negativity gets bigger.

But that leap might be the change that can open you to other new or better possibilities. If you really feel that the other side is something that you truly want, you should just say “YOLO/Carpe diem!” or simply “Whatever, I’m just gonna do it!” and take the leap. Pluck out whatever amount of courage that is left in you.

After all,

“there are certain things in life where you know it is a mistake but you don’t really know it is a mistake because the only way to really know it’s a mistake is to make the mistake and look back and say “yep, that was a mistake””

-Lily Aldrin, HIMYM


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