The boat picked up speed, the parachute picked up air and I began my ascent. Dangling 400 feet above open water and clutching the straps of my harness, a 1,000 foot cord kept me tethered to the speedboat racing through the coastal waters of the Bahamas. My grip tightened as I floated through the air and thought for a brief moment what would happen if I fell into the waters below with a 100 pound parachute attached to my back. As I looked around, I began to relax and was amazed that I could see so far and so much. The water shimmered a beautiful blue and seemed to go on forever. A little apprehensive at the beginning of my parasailing adventure, I was glad I had decided to get off the sidelines and into the game. It was worth it.
Mark Twain once said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.” Going after our dreams sometimes means being willing to be a little uncomfortable. It may even get downright hard, but it’s a small price to pay for living a dream.
What dream are you living out? Or not?