Life is utterly fragile. We are really just glass boards and every day is a hammer against us. How we dodge the blows and endure the hits is what maintains our constitution. We are at risk of being shattered at any moment, life forever changed with a single swing of the hammer. And so there are two ways we can exist...
1. We can live in fear of being broken.
We can be scared all the time of something happening to us, to the ones we love, to the life we know. And from that we can shelter ourselves. We can create safety. Yes, you can be safe. You can be safe by taking the travelled path. By walking in the footsteps of others, learning from their experiences. You can learn from the mistakes of others and choose not to make those mistakes yourself. In doing so you are less likely to trip and fall. You're better able to predict where you'll end up. When we choose this path we are often destination focused, which isn't a bad thing, it just means we're a little more obligated. When living in fear of being broken you take steps to be secure, safe and at ease. You consider what might be and you put in place things that promote your ongoing success. Out of fear of being poor, homeless, lonely, depressed and faithless, out of fear of those hammer-hits upon your glass wall; you're able approach life systematically to avoid these situations. You can live in fear of being broken and be safe.
2. We can live in the moment - from broken pieces a mosaic is born.
You can take risks. You can face the hammer and not know what the outcome will be. Maybe you'll break, maybe you won't. The process is an adventure. These people, the risk takers, the ones willing to accept mistakes as their own, are the ones who change what it means to be a glass board. Shattered pieces can be reinforced with the confidence that comes from being broken and putting yourself back together. From risk taking comes empowerment. This isn't a safe life, I won't lie. You will live never knowing what comes next. But in living this way you are open to all possibilities and opportunities that come your way. You will stand in front of all the hammer swings, the ones you persist through and the ones that break you, and you will experience life first hand. You'll look at the mistakes of others and wonder if you could do it differently, what would the outcome be then? You'll live and you'll learn. And you'll grow and you'll become stronger. This is the life of a risk taker. There is no destination. There is no better life than right now. Because there is only right now. And right now you might break. But you also might not...
There is no right or wrong way to live. There's only how you choose to live.
Be you. Be real. Because life is fragile.
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