I don’t know about you, but I struggle making decisions. What do I wear? What do I eat? Shall I go to the gym? All decisions that need making on a regular basis, yet sometimes I still struggle to decide on what choice to make. So imagine what happens when I am presented with a big life decision… yeah, you’ve guessed it…absolute chaos.
All of us, at some point in our lives, will be faced with big decisions to make, and many of those decisions won’t have one clear solution. Often we are faced with what seems like an ‘easy option’ and a risk.
For example: You’re working in a job you find ok, you have been there for 5 years and you’re paid well. You have your friends there but you don’t have enthusiasm for your work, it’s boring but it’s easy. You get offered the job of your dreams, it’s for less money, more hours and you don’t know anybody, but you’ve always been passionate about this.
The easy option seems inviting, it offers a sense of comfort and security but there is something missing, there is no fulfilment, there is no excitement and joy. It’s just safe. Or at least, you think it’s safe.
You’re drawn to the risk but you’re scared of it. You question it: What if it’s not everything I had hoped for? What if it lets me down? What if I am not good enough? Will I be judged?
A perfect example of the brain, once again, leaping into action, sourcing all its weapons, in hope that you will step away from the risk.
The second poem in my book looks at taking risks and the freedom and liberation choosing another option can provide… even if that means stepping away from societal norms.
PLEASE SIR, WILL YOU STEP AWAY FROM THE RISK
The blessing of our time
And the miracle in the madness
Is one so fraught
In this world of defective gladness
We’re the ones who look
Slightly further than the eye
Are deemed an imperfection
From those who hide in the lie
For we shall not see the one
Who roams in the fields
Free from the conditioning
The manipulation, and the shield
And he calls to us
In our hearts and in our mind
But unless we find the courage
We will always stay completely blind
And as his mother waves goodbye
As he continues down his path
She knows this little boy
Will never hold an inch of wrath
Because he embodies freedom
In every single way
And he is not afraid
To take a risk for each new day
And that is what I’m saying
When I write these words out now
Never be afraid
To take your final bow
To open up your eyes
To the world of infinite dreams
Because believe me when I say
It’s not as scary as it seems
But you have to be willing
To jump from the highest point
To be reborn again
To stand and anoint
… THIS IS RISKY BUSINESS IF YOU ASK ME
This poem for me has one clear message. You know in your heart what decision is right for you, there is almost like a gravitational pull with it. Go with it and don’t be afraid, because you just might be met with something so unexpected. Even though we might feel judgment or shame regarding our decisions, if you have made the right choice, it won’t matter in the end.
Like the poem says, ‘Never be afraid, To take your final bow, To open up your eyes, To the world of infinite dreams’
Don’t be afraid to take those opportunities when they come your way, we have one chance to make the most of this life, why question… what if?
I know writing this, it a lot easier than actioning it, but I do believe if we can offer each other a helping hand and support, each one of our dreams can come true.
If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.