Last week I had the opportunity to check off something from my bucket list: I went ice skating at Rockefeller Center. And the amazing thing is that I didn’t even know this belonged on my bucket list!
The opportunity presented itself, and I thought, “Why not? Go for it, girl!”
My years of skating as a kid were in the very distant past and my knees began to wobble in trepidation. I grabbed for the security of the rink’s wall hanging on as if my life depended on it. Maybe this wasn’t such a great idea after all.
And then I consciously decided I was not going to be a bystander and let the swirl of skaters pass me by. I needed to get out there, if only to test my mettle! I took a leap of faith and risked letting go to see what would happen.
Gingerly I began to glide, amazing myself at how my skating skills came back to me. I was filled with wonder and pride and exuberance. I could do this!
Nearly 90 minutes later I congratulated myself on my courage and ability to step up to the challenge. I had overcome my fear and discovered the joy of personal achievement.
This story is the perfect analogy for moving into a new phase of my life.
I eagerly looked toward new opportunities in my life. I told myself, “Life is short. Go for it, girl!” And yet once I had decided to shutter my coaching business, I found myself floundering in the uncertainty of what lie ahead. Just as I clung to the ice rink’s wall, I was afraid to let go. Who would I be without my job title?
And just as gingerly as I began skating, I am exploring the enormous possibilities that lie there out on the “ice” for me. All I have to do is glide toward them in my own way, at my own pace. I can do this!
Time to go celebrate this “aha”
Now it’s your turn
Where are you hanging on to the safety of your rink’s wall? What is on your “ice” beckoning you to join in? What do you need to tell yourself so can you gingerly begin to glide toward possibilities?