Future Adventures and Growing Pains

Staying in one spot is easy. You don’t have to flex your muscles, you don’t have to put your body into motion, you don’t have to decide where you are going, why you want to go there or even what you are going to do when you get there; but staying in one spot is boring. The scenery never changes, you never get excited about anything, and you certainly don’t meet any new people. You don’t even burn any calories or get goose bumps from the unknown. Staying in one spot is easy, but it is not good for the soul.

Motion requires inspiration, motivation and energy, but the cool part is that motion creates all these things too! What you put into it is what you get out of it- like the old saying goes. If you never take chances, if you never wonder why, or how, if you never try you will never grow.

I’ve discovered that I don’t like staying in one spot, physically as well as emotionally. I don’t like doing the same thing over and over; I get bored. I don’t like not taking chances; I start to feel stale and old. I like to get my blood pumping and see what I can do. I like to try new things and then apply them to my world. I get a charge out of getting out of my comfort zone, even if it can be scary at first.

This is not to say that I don’t ever experience growing pains, I do.

Sometimes it is my heart that has to grow, sometimes it is a physical muscle, and sometimes it is my soul, but whatever it is, I usually feel it when it is growing.

Sometimes, I get all emotional and stressed out, fearing the unknown in a relationship. Sometimes, I am so sore for days after I try a new adventure and I’ve used long forgotten muscles, and sometimes, I feel excited because I am daring to try the unknown career move or take on a new professional challenge.

I am usually not sure what I am doing or why I am even doing it; I just know I need to be challenging myself. I question if I am going about it right, I worry people will think I am nuts, and I get embarrassed at my clumsy attempts to do new things, but in the end, I usually feel proud that I tried something new. Sometimes, I even feel empowered that I learned something I didn’t think I could do and even if it doesn’t work out I am usually wiser for my efforts.

I’ve decided growing pains maybe are not all that bad. The picture on the top is one of the toughest rocks you can climb in Garden of the Gods park. It looks so cool and I can’t wait to see the view from the top. The picture below is of The Fang, a large waterfall that when it freezes you can climb -if you are brave enough to let yourself try. I am visualizing myself taking on both of these challenges in the next year. I don’t know for sure if I can do it but I am going to give it a try. I can’t wait to tell you all about my adventures, my growing pains and what I learned by pushing myself out of my comfort zone.

Growing pains are not bad, at least you don’t stay just in one spot! I challenge you to find what’s next on your list and go for it!

So my friend, I ask you “what’s next on your list?”

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