Rod Serling, author and host of The Twilight Zone original TV series said, “The most unfettered imagination belongs to young people. They don’t walk through life, they fly… they defy the law of gravity, mentally anyway.”
As an entrepreneur, there is always something longing to play the role of gravity and drag you down. Lack of time, lack of energy. Money issues. Staying organized. Planning, then adapting as plans get changed. Record keeping and tracking. Customer relations. Distractions. The fight to remain motivated and inspired. The struggle to even get out of bed day after day to tackle it all again, many times without immediate evidence of any progress.
Do you know why the young fly so easily? Rod Serling says it is because they have an “unfettered imagination”. Webster’s online dictionary defines unfettered as, “not controlled or restricted : free, unrestrained”.
The truth is they don’t know any better. They haven’t yet imagined how costly mistakes in real life can be. They haven’t been beaten up in the pursuit of dreams. It has never occurred to them that when you fly, you run the risk of crashing. Crashing and burning. Crashing and burning and exploding and being strewn across the landscape so far that the authorities can’t put the pieces back together, let alone identify the body. They fly because they haven’t yet learned to fear.
So, if you have a few more years, and know from experience the possible consequences of stretching your wings, are you forever condemned to be earthbound? Not hardly. With age comes (or should come) experience. Experience teaches us to prepare for possible outcomes with training and planning. Experience can lead us to make smarter decisions. Having known energizing creativity and motivating success, our wings long for the wind and urge us aloft. Having felt the pain of failure and the pang of regret, our wisdom can channel our ambitions and guide our flight. Today we can be in a better place to fly than ever before, if we conquer our fear.
Remember this: conquering our fear does not require that we banish it, only that we not allow it to ground us.
That voice which reminds us of the times we have crashed, is fear. That reaction which jerks your hand back after reaching out, is fear. The imaginings of all the ways you can fail are fear. The endless excuses? Fear.
Resolve to walk, to run, to fly, no matter what the mutterings in your mind may say, and in spite of fear. Listen to the other voices; the ones which make you long to go further and reach higher. Use the hard won advantage gained through experience to ascend higher than you have before, sustained by careful planning and wise choices. Deliberately climb further, better. You already have what you need to do it.
Go ahead. Defy gravity.
To acknowledge that Halloween is upon us, I have hidden a link to the Wicked Witch for inspiration about defying gravity. Can you find it?
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Thanks for reading! -Jon