May 28, 2015

Jumping In

Jump in, honey! I’m right here.


Jamie’s voice echoed above the splashes in the indoor public pool where 3 year-old Georgia was taking swimming lessons. Pigtails on either side of her head created alien like bulges through her orange swim cap. She stood at the pool’s edge, stooped over...thinking, weighing the options...and not jumping.

Can’t say I blame her. Ground is solid, secure; while water, no matter who’s standing in it waiting to catch you, isn’t.

But solid isn’t truly solid if you think about it. Earthquakes happen and whole buildings tumble. Floods sweep villages away; and tornadoes and avalanches even use what’s solid to ground themselves and wreak havoc.

Clinging to what’s solid can be a dangerous proposition - in nature and in your career.

I imagine my daughter, stooped, overthinking, weighing her options, missing out on the fun she could’ve had, had she just jumped into her daddy’s waiting arms. The scene was my mirror.

What I saw was myself clinging onto a solid, toes with a deathgrip curl on the edge even as water tickled at them...even as I knew a couple of things about living:

that tomorrow isn’t promised -- and neither is my good health.
that I’ve got more years of living behind me than I do ahead.
that the solid a job provides isn’t really solid. Human disasters - like natural ones - are always a threat.
and
that’s life’s just too bleeping short to only watch while hanging onto an illusion of security.

So I handed in my notice after fifteen years on the job.

I’ve been asked What’s next? What are you going to do?

For now, I think I’ll just jump in, enjoy a swim and worry about what’s next when the time comes.



16 comments:

  1. So I guess you have time for lunch now?
    I am proud of you.
    BIG FAT HUGS.

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    1. Lunch, dinner, mid-morning snacks, second-dinner -- you name it!
      Thank you.
      BIG OL HUGS RIGHT BACK ATCHA.

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  2. Well alright now!! Congrats to you sis!!

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  3. YES!!! I am so excited for you. Trust your path, take that leap, grow your wings, see where you land ALL THE METAPHORS.

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    1. YES!! ALL THE METAPHORS AND A FEW SIMILES TOO!
      Thanks, Ann.
      xo

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  4. Congrats and best wishes on what's next! Xoxoxo

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    1. Thank you, Leigh Ann..it's gonna be an exciting adventure!

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  5. You're going to be busy, so I'm booking you for lunch on your first day of freedom. See you at The Chocolate Factory, friend, where it all started!!

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  6. As it should be, Alexandra. As it should be.
    Looking forward to it, friend...and thank you.
    xo

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  7. Congrats! Life is too short to NOT do the work that satisfies your soul!

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    1. Make the most of the time we've been given...
      Thank you, Daphne

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  8. Oh what a BEAUTIFUL way to describe your decision!!! I am just SO excited for you to enter a new season of life!! You just enjoy that water for now... bask in that goodness, as the next chapter awaits. <3

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    1. Thank you, Christine; and I'm gonna do exactly that!
      xo

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  9. What a pretty way of stating things. I look forward to following your blog.

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    1. Thank you, Samantha!
      ...and thank you for following. :)

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