Soul spelunking



This is actually a quote that I posted almost two years ago -- but since I'm revamping my site, and revisiting some of my old blog posts, and also because of the nature of this time in my life and my career, it felt like the right time to resurrect it....

"Security is mostly a superstition.
It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men
as a whole experience it.
Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.
Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing." ~ Helen Keller

There are those out there who -- I admit, unlike me -- are daring in the physical. 
Hurling their bodies down mountains, or up them; exploring the furthest, darkest reaches of the earth; opening themselves up to untold dangers of the unknown.  

I'm not very good at taking chances in the physical. 
Usually, once I do, I find that my body is quite capable -- but the entire experience, until it's over, is paralyzing with terror, insecurity, uncertainty, doubt.
It's more fear than fun for me, and I'm usually happiest when it's over.

I used to ski. 
I think there were times when I felt like a badass, and that found even me hurling myself down the mountain. 
But mostly, I think, I snow-plowed. 
I'm better at snowshoeing. 
And I'm even better at apres-skiing. (wink, wink)

And then there are those who are daring in the intellectual-physical -- actors, improv masters, public speakers, stage-goers of all kinds. 
Scares the bejeezus out of me.

But I am daring with my heart and soul. 

I take chances in the unseen. 
I hurl my heart and soul into love, in spite of tremendous past hurt; I strive to explore the furthest, deepest reaches of my being, and learn about yours, and trace my fingers along the space where they meet and intertwine; I work on opening myself up to the untold dangers of vulnerability and nakedness. 

For me, it is this space where I am the most brave. 
Not to say I'm perfect at it, nor fearless. And it's not to say I don't have to remind myself of this connnnnnnstantly (because I do).
But it's in this space -- in the ether -- where I feel capable of the most growth.
The most expansion. 
The most power. 

So I'd invite you -- even if you're already a master of the physical or intellectual-physical arena (and, MAN, do I admire you folks who are) -- to join me. 

Close your eyes. 
Take the plunge. 
Come dive into the ether with me, and let's just see how bright your life and love can shine. 

And then maybe you can teach me how to do cartwheels. 


[I know, sad, right?? I never learned. :( ]

Heather AllisonComment