So recently I have started learning how to do tricks on my skateboard.
I’ve been skateboarding for a few years, but I’ve never learned how to do all the jumps, ramps and all the other things that are involved in doing those tricks.
One of the things you first do when learning to do tricks is something called dropping. It is when you start on the top of a high ramp and you do down it. But these ramps are quite steep and when you go down them, you feel like you are dropping – hence dropping in.
Let me tell you, it’s actually quite scary.
So standing on the edge with my skateboard over the edge of a very steep ramp, and I’m scared about whether to go, whether or not to give it a try.
Now is probably a good time to tell you that unless you fully commit to it, you will fall off and it will hurt. It is either 0 or 100. You either nail it or you fall. You either look like a legend or you have to limp home.
So back to the moment, stood on the edge, and I’m scared about going for it, scared I might hurt myself, scared of what will come on the other side.
But the only way I will ever get over this hurdle, is if I go for it and I give it 100%. The only way I’ll ever know what it is like is if I GO!
Life can be a bit like this sometimes, not sure what to do next, not sure whether to take that risk, not sure whether or not its worth going after that person, or applying for that job, or trying out for that sports team.
We are all confronted with “should I or shouldn’t I?” moments.
We are all confronted with moment in our lives where we don’t know if it is worth the risk, or whether we will just get hurt.
Give it a go, take the risk, give it your all and see what happens, because we all have opportunities in life, and sometimes it just needs us to give it a go.
Someone once said:
“IN THE END… We only regret the chances we didn’t take, the relationships we were afraid to have, and the decisions we waited too long to make.”
I’m not saying we should do things that we know will never work or make decisions that will cause us pain or difficulty.
But what I am saying is that when given an opportunity to do something new, or different, something that might change our life or someone elses, we should take it with both hands.
The world doesn't change because people get to the edge and turn around, the world is changed when somebody arrives at that point and decides to go.
So when you arrive at the edge of the ramp, are you going to turn around scared because you don’t want to get hurt, or are you going to drop right in, hoping and praying that in the end you will skate away on top of the world.