Walking in the Woods

 

This past month our household expanded with the arrival of a new addition: my sister.

She is trying on life in our city. But she is truly here on a soul search.

At one point or another we have all found ourselves on the path of pursuing that something that speaks to us. That something that calls to you and makes your heart race and surge. It fills you up to completion. All becomes right in the world.

But these somethings we search for, they are never easy to reach. Our brains confuse us with the shoulds and shouldn'ts and send us in all sorts of directions to confuse us. We want to make the "smart" decision. But your something still calls to you. You yearn for it, but you fear it. The fear of failure. The fear of never reaching it. The fear of making a mistake. The fear that it won't be what you thought it would be. The fear that it is everything you thought it would be. The fear that it will change everything you thought you knew about the world.

The catch: the greater the fear, the greater the importance to our heart. We want to protect ourselves. But we are only keeping ourselves from a  possibility of a life that is greater than we have yet to imagine.

I am so glad she has come to us while on this journey.

Daily, she is exposed to our son and his eagerness to discover every corner of the world. The world hasn't taught him to fear exploration of the unknown. To him, it is all unknown, but he pursues full-heartedly. He has a craving to experience every taste, to investigate peculiar sounds, to walk through the foreign woods. Once we have grown old and been taught to "know better", we find ourselves wishing we had held on longer to this way of seeing. 

 He is the perfect teacher. 

She has come to the right place.

 

“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.” -Rumi