“DON’T SIT IN DARKNESS. REACH FOR THE LIGHT.”
I read this quote recently and couldn’t seem to get it off my mind! As I drove past a local church, I noticed the sign out front. (It’s well known for their clever phrases & memorable quotes, but this one really stuck with me!) Thought provoking if you must.
To me, it means that we shouldn’t ever be afraid to try something new! Great things never came from comfort zones… It wasn’t until after my high school graduation that I suddenly became very aware of how mundane my everyday life was. Sad as it sounds, I was going through that routine, “hamster wheel life” that everyone talks about. I hadn’t really noticed much until I started seeing other people’s lives changing around me. And what was I doing? The same thing I’d always done. I wanted MORE!
While my peers were over there on mission trips in third world countries, getting engaged, and pregnant, I was working my regular minimum wage/part time job, and scrolling mindlessly through social media in my down time. It was starting to really get to me. I just felt as though life had so much more to offer, and I was ready to take it! Head on, face first, whatever you call it…
A few years ago, my best friend (of 20+ years) briefly mentioned to me that we should up and move across the country! While we were half way joking at the time, I was terrified!! How could little ole us, from the Midwest, move away on our own!? Just the mere thought made my palms sweaty. (knees weak, arms are heavy) *sorry, no more Eminem lyrics* But really! There’s no possible way it would work out… OR WOULD IT!?
As we prepared ourselves for one of the biggest and most important times in our “young adult” lives, we chose not to sit in darkness, but reach for the light! And in this case, Charlotte, NC was the light we were looking for!
At that point, failure was NOT an option! We worked our butts off and made it happen. All it took was a little motivation and a whole lot of support from those around us. We felt UNSTOPPABLE!
*What is one thing that YOU have always wanted to try, but never had the nerve to do!? Let’s work on achieving our goals together, and making our dreams come true!*