There comes a point in everyone’s life where they decide to take a leap of faith based on nothing but a gut feeling. It happens to everyone at different times throughout life, but nonetheless, it always happens.
This is not to say that we all realize it as we go through it, but there will come a day when you realize you took a chance and you survived. You will look back on who you were then and who you are in the moment, and you will begin to feel empowered and realize you can do whatever you set your mind to.
That millisecond of realization is what takes us from naïve children to adults. Instead of looking at the rest of the world with fear, we look at it with aggressive passion. We feel as though we can take on any issue because what is harder than starting over from scratch? Nothing.
In the moment of the struggle, we are so focused on the end goal that we forget to reflect and look back on all we have accomplished. That second we look back and go, “Wow, I really did all of that? I must be worth something,” is the moment we break out of our shells and cross the line into adulthood.
When it comes down to it, every single one of us at some point takes a huge leap of faith. Maybe it’s in our teens, our 20s or in our 50s, but inevitably, it always happens. And at some point along our personal journey, we stop, reflect and realize how big of a change we made and how big of a change we can make on the world.
Our self worth suddenly shoots through the roof and we might even believe that no one will ever understand the struggle we went through to overcome that huge leap. We walk around explaining to people that they will never understand what we went through, but at some point, they will.
As the enlightened ones, our job, when others do hit that stage of enlightenment, is to smile, listen and welcome them with open arms.
Because the people who feel empowered enough to change the world are the ones who do.