When I was in high school, I loved to go cliff jumping. My friends and I would spend entire summers exploring the natural pools and waterfalls of Vermont. We'd jump off of cliff after cliff, whistling and cheering for each other, laughing and surprising ourselves and one another with our own bravery.
|one of the popular cliff jumping spots in Vermont.|
But I also learned one very important life lesson each and every single time I stood at the top of a cliff.
The longer you stand at the top looking down, the less likely you'll be to ever jump off.
The thing is, the human mind is both complex and simple. Our thoughts both influential, and simultaneously powerless. We can talk ourselves in or out of anything. The moment we stand up there, looking down is the moment that defines what will happen next. We can either think to ourselves about what might go wrong, or we can jump and enjoy the freedom of the fall. But getting lost in our thoughts and in entertaining doubt is what will stop us from ever knowing the difference.
There is a line in the movie "We Bought a Zoo" that comes to mind: