There is nothing more thrilling than jumping from a cliff into a body of water. The air brushes through your face and you begin to panic until you are overcome by the deep depths of the water below and you know you will be alright. Although this is an activity I try not to do on a normal basis, sometimes it is good to remind myself what it feels like. Recently I have taken a job position at Piedmont College which is about three levels above my current position. Although I am very excited about this opportunity, there is a pit of nervousness and a sense of uncertainty that still gets swept over me. It's that same feeling you get right when you look over the edge of that cliff. It is so easy to stay with what you know and remain in that comfort zone, but you will never grow from that experience. I was talking to an old middle/high school friend the other day and it just reminded me how far I have gone in my life while he has stayed in the same small town his entire life and will probably stay there forever in his bubble. It makes you think what would have happened if I had gone through the same process.
For those that don't know, I have had four goldfish for the past 5 years. At a quick glance, goldfish can be some of the most boring animals, they swim around in their fish bowls all day and never seem to get bored, they don't seem to know what is going on around them except for their immediate surroundings and what it looks like when food is dropped into the tank. With that being said however, one of the interesting things I've learned about having these fish is that their size is dependent on the size of the aquarium. If you keep them in a small bowl, they will stay the same size for a long period of time. If you move them to a bigger bowl, however, they will grow in size over approximately a two week period in order to become accustomed to their new bowl size. In many ways we are the same way. It is very easy to stay with our feet planted in our comfort zones and never to budge from that spot, but if we say yes to new experiences and jump for the chance, we will learn so much more about ourselves in the long run. As parting words, I leave you with some of the wisest words said on TV about this topic, "Take changes, make mistakes, get messy" (Ms. Fizzle-Magic School Bus) and "If you’re not scared then you’re not taking a chance. If you’re not taking a chance then what the hell are you doing anyway?” (Ted Mosby- How I Met Your Mother). As for today's take away, I leave you with a clip from one of my favorite movies, Yes Man, where Jim Carrey talks about missing out on this little thing called life, enjoy!