As I drove home from having lunch with friends today, one old friend and one new friend, I was thinking about some of the things that we talked about and things that had been said. I often do this; replay conversations in my mind. We talked about a lot of things but one thing we talked about briefly towards the end was fear. We had a short discussion about how a lot of times people are afraid to take a chance. They're afraid to do something different. We talked about how people become lonely because they close themselves off from relationships. All of these things are done out of anticipation that something bad COULD happen. The light turned green and I giggled and thought "Proceed with caution." to myself. Because I paused, a lady honked at me to go. I quickly hit the gas pedal and continued on but something occurred to me as I drove forward.
I started to think about all the things that we do in life to avoid any mistakes or any kind of hurt. We are taught to do everything with caution, and in some cases that is good. We do have to protect ourselves, but we can't let that mindset constantly stop us and hinder us from growth. Babies fall when they begin to walk. If they never got up again, none of us would walk. Hearts get broken and sometimes people don't love us back, but if we never tried again, we'd all be alone. Businesses fail and mistakes are made, but if everyone that ever failed never tried again...there would be no cars or electricity. We would never have heard of Michael Jordan and there would be no cures for diseases that once took lives.