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I Can't Sit Still

I don't know about you, but sometimes I get so excited about something new that I want to do ALL THE THINGS and do them RIGHT NOW! But I'm also in a season where I realize that slowing down and taking a breather is a good thing. It's Spring and the sun is shining here in Southern California...I need to remind myself to soak it in and experience renewal rather than just relish in the rush of daily life.

Every now and again, I get a wild hair and think to myself, I could totally do a back handspring if I tried.

Never mind the fact that I have ZERO upper body strength and were I to spring backwards, I’d likely never get back up.

But in my gut it just feels like I should be able to do one!

There are other things that I feel like I should be able to do…

I’m pretty sure I could live off the land. I’d be a great farmer. I’m not afraid of hard work and would love to grow and harvest something.

With that said, I’m not sure I’d be up for the early morning wake up calls.

I would love to buy a fixer upper and fully renovate a home from the studs up.

Yet, I’m terrified that it would be biting off more than I could chew.

I’m pretty sure I could sing on a stage. I’m a confident performer and all my years of piano lessons have taught me to read and know music.

However, I don’t have a great range and my voice cracks once in a while.

There are other things…things that I feel like I could do, but don’t bother to try because I could fail or fear the end result wouldn’t meet my expectations. I’m a strong and confident woman, but at times, I stop myself from even trying things when I know I could miss out on something as thrilling as a flip.

Ever feel that way?


  1. Lora Lynn says:

    I think I could have been in musical theater. But I was too chicken to try something I know I loved. But I’m not at all sad about the way my life turned out. But you’re right, the flip woulda been fun.

  2. I think I could run a half marathon. Not a full, mind you, but a half. I mean, it’s just moving my feet, right?

    But that last bit? About never trying things out of fear? Ouch.

    (And it turns out you don’t need to commute to Virginia after all, what with all your years of piano lessons!)

  3. I totally think that about handsprings too, but only front handsprings. I fully believe most of us are capable of way more than we’re willing to try, and I wonder why KNOWING that doesn’t make me try more stuff, you know? The thing is doing stuff you fear can get to be a sort of rush, too. You conquer one thing, and it makes you a little more likely to try the next. This post has really made me think about stuff I want to do and fear and overcoming fear today. Thanks for writing it. You always make me think, and I love that about you.

  4. Oh my word, yes! Though, at the moment I’m blanking out on what things have made me feel this way. As to your list, gymnastics and I do not see eye to eye so I would be impressed with any attempt you make. And with my farmer and carpenter lineage, I could totally live off the land and rehab a house. Someday, we’ll open our vineyard and do exactly that!

  5. I never could muster the courage to throw my legs hard enough over my head to even to a real cartwheel, let alone a handspring. But I get this way about things. Like writing a book. Or taking a nutty trip. Then my friends encourage me to go for it and I do. Maybe that’s what friends are for — to help us take those risks we won’t on our own?

  6. I am surprisingly flexible for a curvy girl and I always feel like in another lifetime I would’ve been doing gymnastics or something. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also growing up I ALWAYS thought, if I could sing I’d be on Broadway. No question.

    I don’t usually hold back for fear of failure – I’m a “do it or die tryin” kinda girl. But with age I *am* definitely respecting the possible crackly state of my bones and have given up on flips for now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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