Kurt Vonnegut once observed the following:
"We have to be continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down."
What a nice thought to read; what are harder thought to apply to one's life.
Most of us avoid jumping of cliffs because we're afraid we'll drop to the ground like a balloon filled with a bunch of sand; because it's much easier to stay on solid ground where everything is safe and comfortable.
But are safety and comfort really all they're cracked up to be? Sure, we've been told that they are, but I'm not so sure that they are really the most valuable things we can be working for.
What about adventure? What about risk? What about challenge? What about facing our greatest fears and leaping off the creative cliff just to see what sort of wings we grow?
I met with a friend today who is in the process of jumping off a creative cliff, and it's inspiring for me to see. It takes courage to do what this friend is doing and he really is an inspiration.
What (metaphorical) cliffs are you avoiding? Where do you need to be leaping? What can you do to develop some wings? It's time to leap out into the abyss of creative risk—then make some wings on your way down.