July 11, 2013.
It’s a cloudy day. Time to go for a run and explore Sagres. I run towards the massive cliffs surrounding this little town. Like Bambi I jump over bushes and rocks until I reach the edge of the cliff. I stand still and look down at the sea, more than 25 metres below me. The wind is blowing pretty strong. It’s quiet, nobody to be seen. Except for three fishing men who are standing half way the cliff, risking their lives for the catch of the day. I want to get as close as possible to the massive field of water, so far underneath my feet. I run further to the point. Again I stop at the edge.
Then I remember some words written by Live Unbound I read a few days earlier, and look at the rock that sticks out, hanging over the ocean. It seems so threatening and tempting at the same time. The words take me onto the rock. I sit down and look over the vast ocean. Overwhelmed by it’s energy.
“The resistance” is that voice inside your head that says “stop!” whenever you’re about to do something challenging and important. This results in indecision, procrastination, or paralyzing doubt. In other words an impenetrable wall. When we’re standing face to face with the wall it’s easy to come up with a long list of excuses as to why we should walk in the other direction. But when we choose to walk away we quickly encounter another wall. Until one day we find ourselves in a confined, hopeless place; far away from the freedom we were capable of creating.
So how do you break through an impenetrable wall? By understanding that the wall is a figment of your fear and doubt; it does not exist. You created it by listening to that voice inside your head that said “don’t do this!”. But that voice is often a sign that you MUST do it. The resistance is a green light disguised as a stop sign. When you feel doubt, fear or vulnerability it often means that what you’re thinking about doing holds meaning and must be explored. So instead of fighting the resistance, you should seek it. If you never feel it then maybe you’re living too safe and consequently below your potential. Maybe you’ve found contentment in mediocrity and staying within the boundaries of your comfort zone has become acceptable. The problem with living this way is that if you abide by the walls, they’ll slowly start closing in. Living too safe is dangerous.
To be living unbound, we must commit to the frightening act of exploring our capabilities and shining a light on what makes us unique.
At night we are sitting around the campfire on a beach that can easily be called paradise. I’m working on my harmonica skills and my mind starts drifting off.
Living too safe is dangerous. It’s true. A few days ago we took the risk of standing beside the road again and let opportunities guide this journey. Today this risk gave us new friends. The car that stopped for us didn’t just drop us off somewhere. This time it was a car that contained an amazing Spanish couple, looking for an adventure. So this is what we created together. We went to a small hidden beach in Lagos, brought some tapas and drinks, and made a fire. Others joined our happy gathering. We laughed and talked. Somehow again we managed to turn a single act of hitchhiking into an unforgettable memory