As we get older, we start to settle into the roles we’ve accepted for ourselves and we stop trying to discover the infinite possibilities this world offers to us. Why do we do this? Is it because we’re comfortable where we are, or because we’re scared to take chances by doing something that falls outside of our comfort zone?
Many of us are satisfied with knowing who we are and where we’re going based on what we’ve learned about ourselves thus far, but it’s spiritually unhealthy to settle so firmly into a role that you cease to grow, that you cease to investigate the hidden gifts of this worlds greatest attribute—the ability it has to both change and to change you.
Consider a child, they have little to no understanding what society expects of them, so they’re raw in their approach to everything. The simple delicacies of their environment—the appearance of the moon in a day lit sky, the presence of dandelions in a wide open field, the realization that they are but one small part of a much bigger universe—make them increasingly more curious about what’s out there, where they can find it, and how they can get there.
This unfiltered, unjaded, approach to looking at the world allows them to dream big and believe they have the opportunity to be or do something great someday.
However, somewhere between the first ‘that’s impossible’ and the first ‘I do’, that sort of thinking ceases. The wonder and awe is replaced with worry and stress about how what’s out there could effect the quality of the life we’ve already built for ourselves.
We start becoming people who pay bills, vote, and raise families. Which, don’t get me wrong, is not a bad thing as responsibility is a major part of our adult contract. But, why does our becoming a responsible adult have to be so definitive? Why can’t we recapture our ability to see this world through eyes of wonder and possibility?
Why don’t some of us want to?
This week as you go through your day-to-day, I urge you to challenge your sense of normalcy. Do something different, it doesn’t matter what it is. It can be as small as taking a new exercise class or as large as becoming a mentor to someone you’ve never met, but do something outside of your routine and note its effect on you. Note the windows it opens in your mind, your heart, and your spirit.
Start from a place of curiosity and let that curiosity lead you towards the place where infinite possibilities for growth exist.
Trust yourself and your instincts on this one and remember that sometimes personal growth is about getting uncomfortable and losing your inhibitions towards change.