Learning to fall

When you set out to bring about a change in your life, make an idea happen, make a dream come true, you have to learn how to fall.

There you are playing full out to make your idea happen and your dream come true, dancing through the fears and doubts, dodging the swipes from the internal (and sometimes external) shitty committee that says it won’t work. Suddenly it feels like it’s all happening, the dream is starting to come alive, you’re in flow, you’re waking up every morning feeling excited-

And then bam.

Wipe out.

Something happens that you didn’t see coming. Your legs are swept from under you and you’re on the floor. Winded and stunned. The dream is gone.

Now, this is where a lot of people declare game over. This is where a lot of people give up.

Don’t be one of those people. Please don’t.

You have to let yourself fall sometimes, all the way to the ground until your face is pressed to the cold stone floor. Because that’s how you learn that you have what it takes to pick yourself up. That’s how you learn not to fear falling. That’s when you learn that no matter what happens, the beat goes on. That’s when you discover that your friends are there all around you, clapping to the beat, cheering you on.

So when you do fall – and you probably will at least once – don’t stop. Don’t give up. Don’t run and hide. Keep going. Pick yourself up, brush yourself off and get back in the groove. Show yourself that you have the commitment required and the courage it takes to create the life you deserve – the one you dream of.

Selina Barker