Playing It Safe Steals Our Life

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Going as fast as I possibly can.

Getting out of breath and not even noticing it.

Feeling the wind. Living life.

How we do anything is how we do everything.

It makes me think about things.

You can rollerblade slowly. Avoiding every possible pit in the road, every pebble — anything looking suspicious and unsafe. Trying to predict every possibility of undesirable outcome — falling or bumping into something/someone. Thinking, thinking, thinking.

It’s ok. It is ONLY OK.

Or you can go crazy. Go as fast as you physically can worrying about nothing, not thinking about falling (although being prepared for it — always wear safety gear!), thinking about going as fast as the wind goes. Or maybe faster. Going as fast as though you are 8 years old all over again.

That’s fun. That’s exciting. That’s life.

Playing it safe steals our life.

Playing it safe is stopping our curiosity half way.

Playing it safe is staying in our comfort zone.

Playing it safe never leads to anything great.

Playing it safe will never allow us to find out how good we CAN be.

Playing it safe is following the rules, following the path that was walked by many before us.

Playing it safe is existence.

Playing it safe is not living.

Playing it safe is doing the same thing over and over again, because doing something differently might change our life in unexpected (exciting and frightening) ways!

Playing it safe is the only true failure — we never learn anything worth learning playing it safe, we never achieve anything new playing it safe. Playing it safe is not only about making familiar safe choices.

Playing it safe is about stopping ourselves from taking on new challenges and about failing to stick to the ones we choose, sabotaging our own success.

Why do we choose to play it safe?

It might be more frightening than death itself. We have no clue how it will all end, if we stop playing it safe and go all the way, go full speed after something we truly want with our whole heart. At least with death the outcome is known.

When we stop playing it safe, we will end in places we never imagined visiting — new destinations, new people, new environments, new lessons, new successes and yes, new failures (how else are we going to learn?). We think we want it all, but we are truly afraid of it. Of what our life can be, when we go after our dreams all the way, when we stop playing it safe.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson

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