We went to Maui in June and I've been going through our photos and even managed to organize some and get a photo book ordered.
When I talk with my family about our time there, one experience stands out in each of our minds. It was a hike through a bamboo forest and across a river to get to a waterfall.
It wasn't an easy hike, and when we had to cross a river, I wasn't sure I wanted to do it. It was like a real-life choose-your-own-adventure. Do I want to get wet? Do I want to try and walk across the slippery rocks? Do I want to go at all?
I didn't want to regret staying back while my family went ahead without me. So even though I was scared, I went. I made my way across the rocks and when there were no more rocks, I got in and got wet.
Here's our reward for our efforts:
I have often felt the same as I ventured in to a new writing project. Standing there, on the bank, wondering if I can make it across, doubt filling me up and my ego wanting me to continue to stand there, because standing still is most certainly better than failing. Or so it thinks.
Yes, it is scary, to take that first step, and then another, and to continue across, wondering what challenges lie ahead for you.
And of course, there will be challenges. But I also have come to learn that it's these experiences that also push us toward something extraordinary.
Staying on that bank would have been easy. But I would have missed out on so much. And so it is with our writing.
So today I say - step out. Go for it. Who knows what amazing waterfall awaits you!!