Why You Should Just Do It...
The hardest thing about any journey, adventure, hike, risk, or major change is the first step. While this might seem like a weird thing to say, its completely true. The hardest thing to do will always be to start. Once you start, you're already on your way, and after you have started you can either succeed in your goal or fail to reach your end destination. There are so many examples of this in the world today.
Think about it in terms of skydiving. Going skydiving has three areas where you either choose to start, or never go further. The first point where this happens is actually booking a trip to go skydiving. While yes, some people live further way from a skydiving facility, and some live next door. The only thing holding back either of those people from booking the trip, is fear. You can easily overcome this fear, and book the trip. Then, the next thing you know. you are at a skydiving facility. You're checked in, and you are taking the class on what to do. You meet the tandem jumper that you will be jumping with. and everything is fine. After all, your feet are still on the ground. As you walk out to the plan, you get to the second point in this scenario where you have to make a choice. Are you getting your ass on that plane, or are you going to be the one who wimps out. Well, guess what, your friends aren't wimping out, so neither are you and you get on that plane. After your trip up to 10,000 feet comes the third and final time you need to make the decision to put that one foot in front of the other, because once you're out that door, there is no going back, the only option you have is to keep going. Now, if everything goes right and there are no equipment failures, there is only one option (unless you or the tandem diver forget to open the chute) and that option is to succeed. Now here is the thing that relates the most to life, and it's the thing that I think most people don't understand. Not everyone lands gracefully. Sometimes the landing is rough, sometimes it is soft, and sometimes you end up injured. Lets face it, some of us will hit bumps along the way, some will grace through it, and some will make it to the finish line flailing their arms. The one thing in common is that everyone decided to put that one foot in front of the other, and do it. They didn't let their fears of death, injury, ridicule, or anything hold them back. Why don't more of us think about life that way? On the cover page of this website, I put a quote from Will Smith, something that hit me during the following video that also uses skydiving as an example;
Now why do we let these thoughts consume us to much that they hold us back from going towards our goals in life. These thoughts of fear, the thought that people might not like your idea, the thought that your family or friends might not support you. These are thoughts that all of us will face, but we cannot let them hold us back when trying to reach our own goals in life. These fears and thoughts effect everything that we do, and sometimes you just need to push these ideas from your head and do something that you want to do, simply because you want to do it. Go on that trip, climb that mountain, ask the girl out, and buy that car you want. When was the last time you did something you wanted to do? If it has been awhile, what thoughts are holding you back from doing what you want to do? Get out there and do something you want to do.