So, this past Sunday, some friends and I decided to go to a local park to celebrate the spring weather. We played soccer, threw some frisbee, laid around in ENO hammocks (which everyone should get), and I also tried slacklining for the first time. If you don’t know what slacklining is, go check it out! A simple Google search will suffice.
I have to admit, I was really bad at it, I’m still really bad it. But I loved it, it was a great experience, and really opened my mind to new athletic possibilities. I enjoy challenging myself. Whether that be physically, mentally, or spiritually. If you don’t challenge yourself, how can you make yourself better? If you settle for what you can already do, you are settling for mediocrity.
I don’t accept mediocrity. You shouldn’t either. Realize that stepping up to a challenge, no matter how big or small, is already a strong display of your character. I refuse to let myself stop growing, and stepping onto that slackline for the first time in front of a bunch of people was humiliating because I immediately fell off. Right onto my face.
Learn to laugh at yourself. If you wait to do something until you’re perfect at it, you will never be perfect at it.
I’ve been trying something since I got back from Brazil. Try this:
Challenge yourself to give in to pure insanity and reckless courage for 30 seconds to 1 minute a day. That’s it. It’s so simple. Give it a good “Who cares” and just do what it is you want to do, say what you want to say, be who you want to be.
In Brazil, I gave in to this “insanity” for about 15 seconds, and it ended up getting me a trip to Rio for 4 days with 4 incredible Colombians who are now great friends of mine. Stop caring about what other people think, stop thinking about what will happen if things don’t go as planned, screw the plan, just do it. (Not original, I know, deal with it).
The very worst that can happen is things don’t go according to plan, and you learn from it and learn to laugh at it. Am I telling you to drive your car off a bridge to see if it floats? No. Don’t go do anything irrational, just do something that you normally wouldn’t. It’s quite simple. And the payoff is an incredible feeling.
Go find your slackline. Today, tomorrow, the day after, and every day for the rest of your life. I promise you’re going to enjoy it.
Oh, and also take note here in the next few days– I will be heading out to the mountains to backpack and fly fish for a couple of days. So be looking for updates to the Fly Fishing section for photos, stories (Read: lies), and findings from our trip into the Smokies!