Taking a Leap of Faith
“Life’s short”-it’s a phrase we hear all of the time. For as often as this saying is tossed around, why do I come across people every day that aren’t living the life they wish to live? Maybe because they feel it’s too big of a risk to change paths while they have a family to provide for. Or maybe some feel it’s too late to start over. There’s also the notion that following your dreams is just simply too scary. While these are all valid reasons, I say that they are not good enough.
For those of you not wanting to pursue your passions and start your own business because you’re worried about how it will affect your family, I have news for you: your unhappiness is affecting them more.
I am twenty-three years old. Twenty of these years were spent watching my mom suffer through incessant nervous stomach aches, sleepless nights and starting every day never feeling good enough, despite the fact that she was one of the best in her profession. Twenty years. Why did she do this? For me, for her family.
Although she was able to give me many things that kids often wished for, there was one thing that she could never give me-the assurance that this life was making both of us happy. I would give back every extravagant birthday party, every bike, every dollhouse, if it meant my mom was truly happy through it all. One of the best days of my life, was the day I found out my mom was taking the leap of faith to start her own law firm. I would be willing to bet a memory like that would rank among the highest with your family, too.
For those thinking it’s too late to start over, think again. It is never too late to follow your dreams. Although I am still young, I have already been told that once I pick a career path, I will be permanently sucked in. But why? Why can’t I wake up tomorrow and decide to start my own dog grooming business? Or maybe next week I’ll wake up and decide to open my own boutique. Is that me being young and naïve to think this is possible? No. That’s me wanting to find happiness. There is not an age limit on being happy, therefore, there is not an age limit on pursuing your passions to create a life you completely love.
For those who can’t make a change because they think it’s just too scary, I don’t accept that. Tornadoes are scary, sharks are scary, black holes are scary, but following your dreams is not. Sure, in the beginning there is going to be quite a bit of adjusting to do, but just keep reminding yourself of why you started this journey in the first place. I am not saying that taking this leap of faith will be easy, I am saying that it will be worth it. The only thing scary about following your dreams, is being in your final days on this Earth, and wondering why you ever gave up on them.
There are an immense amount of individuals, specifically in the craft industry, that see their incredible abilities as simply a hobby. Who says it has to stop there? T&H has a number of customers that have already taken this leap of faith to further pursue their passions, and we are so fortunate to be a part of these journeys. For those who haven’t made the change you’re yearning for yet, what else is stopping you? We only get one life, and one shot to make it what we want it to be. You never know how many days you are going to get, so why waste any of them being unhappy. So go on, take that leap of faith. Do it for your family, do it for yourself, do it for your happiness, just do it.