Brick walls.

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Jumping off a boat in the middle of the night and slipping into the cool unfamiliar embrace of the ocean is nothing short of exhilarating. Though terrifying it is also tremendously exciting. The unpredictable canvas of the vast and unknown ocean most certainly guarantees an adventure awaits. And as I stand on the edge of the boat, nothing can quite prepare me for those moments leading up to that single bold jump. It is during this precious window of time where I question my sanity and my true personal growth occurs. Because it is, without question, a leap of faith. A leap of one’s own conviction into the uncharted. Nerve-racking, adrenaline pumping, and crazy. And there is something truly unique about literally and voluntarily dropping yourself into a situation where you are ill-suited and do not belong. Anything can happen.

Though my training will physically prepare me as best as possible for the time and exertion required to swim mile after mile across the sea, I do not belong there. I am a land mammal, who began swimming only 4 years ago. As much as I try, I will never have gills, flippers or the blubber necessary to withstand the water and her constraints. The ocean – though beautiful and stunning – is not my rightful place. But this does not mean I should avoid this unwelcome and foreign world. In fact it means the opposite. 

I believe that in order to feel wholly alive, you must seek out those territories where you don’t belong. First you must push through the boundaries of fear that surround all of us, but this takes a fundamental belief and passion for what you wish to do. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it. By throwing yourself in a situation where you have no business being you get to feel every fiber of your being thrive with a sense of aliveness that is unparalleled. And you will be rewarded with distinctly primal experiences that will ignite your soul.

 

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” — Randy Pausch