I recently watched a fantastic six minute YouTube video featuring Steve Harvey. I know, I know, Steve Harvey had the gaff at the Miss Universe Pageant, but that doesn't detract from the great things he has done for people. I imagine he has made most of us laugh, cry and think. The video is titled, You Have to Jump (6 min).
I bring this up because the message has made me reflect on my journey. How many times have I jumped? Is there still more opportunities in my future? I honestly don't know, but I hope to have the courage when the time comes.
There was a time I jumped.
Years ago I was at a low point and feeling very much isolated in my career. I was filled with doubt and I had several depressing days. On the outside I tried very hard to smile, be positive, and support others, but on the inside I was lacking belief in myself. Then one evening when I felt very low, I turned to my wife and said, "I'm not sure I can do this." She was amazingly supportive and cheered me on like no one else could.
That night I turned in very late. I actually sat in bed and checked out twitter for the first time. I had an account prior to that night, but I nothing with it. That night I jumped. I began to follow conversations, click on links, and connect with other educators. I threw caution to the wind and went for it. Within a very short amount of time I could feel myself energized.
You never know when opportunity will knock. I never want to look back and regret not jumping. I don't want to be the person standing on the edge and watching life pass me by.
My individual journey has been filled with its fair share of "forks in the road." I think I've jumped multiple times, and who's to say I won't again.