“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Dr. Martin Luther King
Life can be a struggle sometimes, especially if we are looking at it through bitter, miserable eyes. We get up and go to work every day, heading to a “job” that makes us “bitter and miserable.” One point in time, your career choice may have been fulfilling on many levels. With time, however, that same career may no longer live up to your changing expectations. That career no longer challenges you. That career does not adequately utilize your unique qualities. That career no longer appreciates what you have to offer. You become stagnant and resentful towards that career.
In reality, you should not be resentful toward that particular career, but rather to the fact YOU stayed in that career for far too long. What is keeping YOU in that career? Steady income? Lack of education? Too scared to jump into something else? Not sure what you want to do? What is stopping you from changing? What is genuinely stopping YOU is F.E.A.R. Fear is the mind’s biggest enemy. Fear keeps us from living the life we truly want to live. We settle for things out of comfort. I choose not to settle for anything less than what I want out of life.
I’m not saying your current career is not honorable, respectable, desirable or whatever adjective you would like to use to describe it. That career or profession may be someone’s passion, someone else’s calling. At one point in time, that career may have been YOUR passion, YOUR calling. In fact, it may still be YOUR passion, YOUR calling. If that is the case, then I applaud you for achieving your dreams. As for the rest of us, we eventually realized that our passions, callings have changed. We desire more from life. We crave something entirely different to fulfill our dreams. You don’t necessarily have to know what that is to take that leap of faith. You have to trust your parachute will open. You just have to believe YOU will land on your feet.
Tomorrow is not guaranteed. Hell, the rest of this day is not guaranteed. Are YOU in a career that you love? Are you happy with your life? If the answer is a definitive NO, then you need to reevaluate your life. Take a leap of faith to change it. Stop sacrificing your time, energy, and happiness in a career or life that no longer meets YOUR expectations. You are unhappy because YOUR circumstances do not meet YOUR expectations. Why don’t you change your conditions to realize your aspirations? You have more control over your circumstances than you think.
I’m not writing this from my multimillion dollar yacht anchored off some remote Caribbean island as I sip on some fruity ass tropical drink. Not yet anyway. I’m currently an unemployed former police officer trying to make sense of his life. I took a leap of faith. My parachute hasn’t opened yet; I haven’t landed on my feet yet. However, I’m confident my parachute WILL open, and I WILL land on my feet. Am I scared? Abso-fucking-lutely! However, I’m more afraid of regret that I am of failure. If I’m failing, that means I’m still trying. I would rather live life as a failure than accept a mediocre life full of regret.