Updated: Feb 14, 2020
A big part of adulting is not knowing what's going to happen and acting anyway
Do you remember the point at which at you realized that often no amount of research or pro/con lists would really make you feel informed enough to decide?
Sometimes we simply don't know what's going to happen. We can't quantify the risk. We don't know always know what we like, what we're good at, what will be too challenging for us. We literally won't know until we've tried.
There are times in my life where I've just had to put on my big girl panties and DO something. Like take in a deep breath, square my shoulders, and take a step.
One of those times was when I was like, "Ugh if I don't want to be single, I guess I am going to HAVE to join a dating site." In the process of cheerleading myself, I was like "Okay, Audrey, take a leap of faith. Take the plunge. No no, you know what? LIVE the leap!"
This little mantra I've invented references the concept of “taking the leap” and expands it. It is about living inside that moment right after jumping, all that fear and excitement of being airborne, the labour required to stick the landing. It’s about how in life we’re usually somewhere between taking a first step and arriving at a destination. "Living the leap" reminds me that it's not enough to plunge into the unknown -- you actually have to swim.
I find it is easier said than done, but the mantra reminds me that courage is a continuous practice. And that even though life might feel scary every single day, I have the ovaries to keep on putting in the work.
Living the leap requires courage, hope, desire, confidence, stretching your skills, and constant learning. But it also helps a lot to have encouragement, community, support and education. My groups and counselling practice provide these.
This website and this business is me, living the leap. I am enjoying the moment.