Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Leave The Shore Behind

Staying close to the shoreline has its perks.  There's comfort in the shoreline.  There's safety.  Familiarity.  When you stay close to the shoreline it's easy to get out when the waters get rough, or when you get bored.  In the shallow water you know exactly what to expect.  You can see straight to the bottom & out across the horizon.  Next to the shoreline you believe that you can see all there is to see, all life has to offer.  However, you're wrong.

All life has to offer does not exist next to the shoreline.  When you leave the shoreline behind, that's when you find out what life really has to offer.  There's beauty, excitement, & depth.  When you leave the shoreline behind you discover things that you never even dreamed could exist while you were still in the shallows.  Your eyes are opened to a world full of wonder.  

Even more important than all of that though is what you find within.  You discover bravery.  You discover strength.  You discover passion & desire.  Because when you leave the shoreline behind, you discover not only the world full of endless wonder & possibility around you, but you discover all that you are capable of.

Life isn't meant to be lived next to the shoreline.  It shouldn't be lived in mediocrity.  Settling & playing it safe are not the way to live.  It's not living at all, it's merely existing.

Stop playing it safe.  Find passion.  Passion in your work.  Passion in your hobbies.  Passion in love.  Passion in life.

There will be days full of rough waters when you miss the safety of the shoreline.  Days when you wonder why you ever left.  I promise you though that those days will be far outnumbered by beauty, excitement, & depth.

So leave the shore behind.  Because, the moment you do, you can start living the life full of passion that you were always meant to live.


  1. I really needed to read this because I am one of those people who stays close to the shore. Or, if I'm being honest, completely on land! I hate to take risks, but there's a few things in my life where I feel like I need to step out and be a little more brave, and your post encouraged me even more!

  2. Ah, I need this push today. I was offered a second interview for a job that is best described as being in the same pond I'm familiar with but wayyyy out in the middle opposed to the nice shoreline where I've been hanging out lately.

  3. Nice reminder that while comfortable, the shoreline is not the best place to always stay. Awesome things happen when we step out of our comfort zone!

  4. Love this! You are so right-it is so worth taking risks!

  5. You've been on fire lately blog-wise. Keep it up!