Imagine you are sitting at an intersection. It is a 4-way stop. You can go forward, left or right. U-turns are allowed so you can even go back from where you just were. You can put the car in park, neutral, reverse, or drive. After all, you are in the driver’s seat.
Soooo, the choice is yours. Unless you move, nothing will change. Not the view, not your location, not your vehicle – nothing. You will simply remain at the intersection until you make a decision. You can’t blame the car behind you, the one in front of you, the one to your left or the one to your right for your choice. The choice is yours and yours alone.
The drivers around you can honk, yell, and have a fit, but they cannot make you move. If there are passengers in your care, they can encourage, yell, or demand but again, they cannot make you move. You decide. Not them. You.
Okay, so you are sitting at this intersection. It’s a pretty safe place to be but probably pretty boring, too. Even when you begin to move, it might be a little on the boring side. There are laws, lines you have to stay within, and signs and lights telling you what you can and cannot do. There are also pedestrians, other drivers, and a number of other distractions you need to be aware of. But you can stay on the roads, drive within the lines and stop at all the signs and lights or pay the consequences if you don’t.
Or you can go off-road and make your own path. You don’t have to hurry or follow the road, even if it’s a dirt road, or stay in your car. What might be waiting for you if you trusted the quiet voice that is urging you to leave the lines, signs, rules, and safety of the paved roads?
Okay, I know there is value in staying where you are, in doing what you’ve always done. But still, where are you getting by staying on the same roads all the time? What might be down
some of the roads you’ve never traveled because you don’t know where they go? Never tried a different route? Maybe it’s time. Even if all you have is a dream, what might happen if you just started heading that way? No roads, no signs, no rules. Just you and your dream.
Afraid you’ll run out of gas? The good news is that you don’t have to stay in your car! You can get out and walk, take the bus, a train, a plane or a bike. Take a chance! Be smart about it… don’t head out without the supplies you need to get there. Think it through, but do it. Start – now. What do you need for an uncertain journey? Make a list. Get the supplies and get going.
Where might you be tomorrow if you start today? What will happen if you just start driving; heading toward that horizon? Perhaps the better question is, what will happen if you don’t?
The original “Transformers” is one of my favorite movies. There is a great scene toward the beginning of the movie, just after Shia Labeouf’s car has transformed into a giant robot and saved him and Megan Fox from the Decepticons. The robot then transforms back into Shia’s car and drifts over to Shia and Megan, popping the door open to indicate that they should climb aboard. Megan refuses. Shia says to her, now get this line because it’s powerful, Shia says, “Fifty years from now when you’re looking back on your life, don’t you want to say you had the guts to get in the car?” I love that!!
What do you want to say fifty years from now when you’re looking back on your life? Don’t you want to say you had the guts to…