Warning: This post may contain some tortuous water themed metaphors. Anyone prone to sea sickness should look away now.
Sometimes dry land is the best place to be.
It's safe, sturdy and you, quite literally, know where you stand.
But ... what happens when something you really want is out there? In the water?
By all means you can, and probably do, move yourself as close to the tide as possible, stretching yourself and reaching out as far as you can.
But ... sooner of later you come to realise that you have only 2 options. You can turn around and reach for something closer.
Or you can get your feet wet.
There are certain things that have been on my To Do list for an age. But, for various reasons just kept getting put to the back of the queue. [These are mainly design / creative / blogging related things which I don't want to share until they're all ready. So, please forgive my obtuseness and feel free to just apply my rambling metaphor in anyway you see fit!]
Eventually, I got tired of this and decided that I need to stop thinking I can do everything myself ... and reach out to others who can help me get things crossed off the list!
And yet ... I realised that it wasn't inevitable I'd end up as shark-bait. After all, I already knew of a pool of fabulously talented supportive creative people. A pool filled with people I trust and like.
People like you.
People who I wouldn't mind embarrassing myself while splashing and floundering alongside for a while.
So I got my feet wet.
Now then ... why am I telling you all this? I'm not really sure! [In fact I've almost deleted this post several times!].
- there's one of you out there now, feeling the sand between your toes, just waiting to hear that it's sometimes worth taking the next step.
- we sometimes need to be gentle with ourselves and remember that, to get things done, to achieve, to feel satisfied in life ... we don't necessarily have to hurl ourselves from the safety of our lifeboat directly in the dark and scary deep.
We just need to pick our pool carefully ... and go paddling with friends by our sides.