We, women, have a tendency to hesitate.
Sometimes our practicality, insecurity and our cautiousness can get in the way of our impromptu natures. It is prudent to take care, think things through and err on the side of safe but does it mean we lose out?
Sometimes, it does.
My best decisions have been those without too much pondering and too much anxiety. Time can work both ways; it can hinder and it can help. With too much time on our hands to mull over all the “ins” and “outs”, it is pretty much guaranteed that a negative decision will be the result. It is so easy to find ways not to do something; it is far harder to take a risk and throw caution aside.
If I had not taken a leap of faith I would never be sitting here now writing this and connecting with all my fabulous readers. “My French Life” was a huge leap of faith, not only the creation of the book but the doing. When I was asked to write our story in France I couldn’t imagine I could and yet, the opportunity was so generous and so exciting I could not say no. I jumped and the rest is history.
Leaping is wonderful.
Taking risks and facing challenges (my favourite expression) keeps us alive; it keeps us “better, not younger” and mentally agile. Most importantly it throws surprises when we least expect.
Why not leap? What is the worst to happen? Something doesn’t eventuate, we may be disappointed or we may stay exactly where we are. That’s not such a great loss.
I am not suggesting we behave irresponsibly and gamble away our lives but I am promoting spontaneity. Why not? Spontaneity becomes submerged when women put their families, friends, and professions in front of their own wellbeing. There are times we must but not all the time.
Like my idea to compliment a stranger each and every day; let’s try something unplanned every day. Start small and aim big.
It sounds easy, I know and easy for me to say; I am prone to leaping.
Once you get the hang of it, safe strides will be out of the question. I promise. xv
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