This has been a topic of many open ended conversations in our household lately ...
But this is what I've discovered:
That if you have any inkling to go, it usually means that you should. It means you are asking questions in your head which if not honoured, end up being answered by "What if?". Feel a little deeper into ‘What if?’. I believe all life, including you reading this, are worth more than asking ‘what if?’.
That at the moment there is a huge universal shift happening. Many of my friends are making relatively big decisions in their lives which are based around this one question: to stay or to go? They are contemplating leaving their jobs, partners, current accommodation, old thought patterns. They are looking to move interstate, internationally, to the nurturing space of another loved ones' bosom, to a healthier way of existence.
That life is short, and that if you go and it doesn't work out, you know you need to keep moving. It is not possible to move backwards in life. It can't be possible. No moment that has already past can be retrieved. Focus on the present moment and go in the direction of your dreams. I read a quote this morning that said "a head full of fears has no space for dreams". Sometimes, though, the dream becomes reality and then it's not so attractive anymore. Not laced with the sultry juice you imagined it would be, or the amount of money you'd hoped for, or the prestige you thought it would bring. And then it's time to go. Again.
That of all the times in my life I've gone, I've rarely gotten to my destination and been disappointed. For what has awaited me is a new experience, a new horizon, a new day in a new place.
I've travelled a fair bit but I've never been very good at letting go. So I keep throwing myself in this situation knowing all the while that it is one of my favourite feelings to journey onwards and arrive somewhere new to find a whole new world lies in waiting for you to explore. It's a challenge, yes, but one that is worth the final prize.
That there will always be people you leave behind. But no-one ever really leaves you. People remain in our hearts and in the very fibre of our being simply because we have (or had) a relationship with them. People never really leave one another, they become one another. Everyone who has been a part of my life has become part of me, long after we have physically split. Following some of the most momentous breakups in my life have been the most incredible breakthroughs - pivotal moments in my life that have enabled me to become who I am today. Without them I would have been a different person, but still myself. Amen.
That each decision we make doesn't define who we are, or even who we will become. But how we deal with it does. How we wear the choices we've made, whether it be to go or to stay. There's never a 'right' or a 'wrong' choice: there is simply the choice you made. What might fit one day, may not a year later, so choose with compassion and move with love.
That each physical place on this Earth offers a totally different experience to another. That even though I can recount the view from my window of every single place I've ever lived, there will always be another view. As long as the sun continues to shine there will be shadows and light. As long as the wind continues to blow there will be leaves rustling in the wind. As long as the clock continues to tick time will simply go on and on and on, no matter where you are on the planet.
So, jump. Jump even if it seems like the most frightening thing you've ever done. Jump even if you're not too sure where you'll land. Jump even if you are not 100% sure that it's the right thing to do.
Mistakes are allowed in this journey we call life, but if we don't make them - we would just continue to stay.
KATE PIPPOS is a mother, lover, yoga instructor, spiritual growth story teller, poet, creator and birth Coach. She lives in Sydney with her ever evolving young family, discovering inspiration in the whisperings of waves that flow through her mind daily. Her mission in life is to cultivate and radiate inner peace, wisdom and compassion so that she can be an inspiration to her children and help build an even more beautiful world. She looks forward to sharing her stories with you, here, there or somewhere, but mostly in the space between our hearts. Follow her here: lovespirityoga.blogspot.com