Living large

“We all deserve to have fun, live large, and be ridiculed by less imaginative people existing under the erroneous assumption they get extra credit for being prudent and safe.” Patti Digh, Life Is a Verb: 37 Days to Wake Up, Be Mindful, and Live Intentionally

I’ve spent a lot of time in my life being prudent and safe, but the times that have left me with the best memories and the best stories have been the times when I threw caution overboard and dived into the deep end.

Don’t get me wrong. The adventures have not been without their downsides. For example, I was never cut out to be a farmer. Yet the nine years I spent birthing lambs, making hay, and gazing in awe at the Northern Lights are a shining place in my memory.

We grow most when we tackle the things that are hardest for us. I don’t mean we should spend our days doing what we detest. Life is too short for that.

Rather, I’m thinking of those things where every cell in our body screams, “Oh, how I want to…” while every rational thought in our brain cautions, “You could never…”

Maybe for you that’s music or painting. Or perhaps you dream of piloting a plane, sailing across the Pacific, or learning French. For me it’s writing.

Too often we’re stopped by an internal critic who sits on our shoulder nattering away about how we aren’t good enough, smart enough, athletic enough, creative enough.

We’re actually amazing, every one of us. So in the spirit of living large, I offer two videos. The first is from Derek Sivers, “Obvious to you. Amazing to others.” He asks, “Are you holding back something that seems too obvious to share?”

Ummmm….yes. Thanks for the nudge, Derek.

The second video is the commercial Michael Jordan made for Nike. “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life,” he says, “and that is why I succeed.”

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3 comments for “Living large

  1. April 28, 2011 at 3:53 am

    We’ve had parallel experiences, Cathryn. Thanks for sharing, what is, my story too, including the part about writing. Great.

  2. May 2, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Loved these videos. Especially the first one: “Obvious to you. Amazing to others.”

    I also related strongly to your saying we should charge ahead even though the brain says “No” when the heart says, “Yes.”

    When my brain said there was no way I could put together a website not knowing a thing about code, I plowed in anyway. And finally completing it was a great satisfaction — even though I still know pretty much zip about how much of it really works.

  3. May 4, 2011 at 7:11 am

    And what a Web site it is. Even for someone living on the opposite side of the continent and north of the border, Savvy Saving Bytes make New York feel like a colourful and enticing neighbourhood.

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