“There is freedom waiting for you,
On the breezes of the sky,
And you ask “What if I fall?”
Oh but my darling,
What if you fly?”
― Erin Hanson
This quote does something to me. It does a thing where my heart quivers and my eyes water because finally, I have beautiful words that describe a fear I’ve held onto my entire life.
Time and time again, I’ve endured enormous amounts of self-doubt that repeat at every moment I dare to reach for a star. That fear– that worry, that something bad will happen overshadows all feeling of happiness that I have. It is a vicious cycle that I’ve only been aware of recently and will most likely be a lifelong battle to deal with.
I’m always afraid of “the fall” and in losing myself down that negativity spiral, I lose the sense of what if I don’t fall? What if I fly? I’ve only just started to change my way of thinking. Maybe you who is reading this, has this same fear and self-doubt as I do. I hope this quote can help you as it’s helping me. I hope it gives you hope, because it’s certainly done that for me.
No more thinking about the falling, the dark hopelessness that comes with failure and disappointment. Instead, I want to focus on the sun that will shine on my face as I soar high above the clouds and do what I thought couldn’t be done. I want to fly.
Let’s go on with life thinking about what we are capable of. Let’s think about the flight.
This post was inspired by the short poem written by the amazingly talented writer Erin Hanson. She’s 20 years old and so talented, here is her website if you wish to indulge yourself in more of her writings: thepoeticunderground.com
Thanks for reading!