With so many paved roads to just about anywhere, have we lost the guts to blaze our own trail?
I hope you don’t mind, but today I’ll be working this one out right here on my keyboard. You see that’s why I write – to take ideas out of my mind and figure them out on “paper”. So here we go…
I’ve been thinking about the subject of trailblazing for months now. The thing is, I know exactly what I want my life to look like, but I must confess, I don’t know if it’s a stroke of genius or a tad delusional for this reason…
I don’t have an example I can point to.
Sure I can find bits and pieces, here and there, but I haven’t found the whole picture. Have you ever felt this way? Is an example necessary? Maybe it is enough to see it clearly in our mind’s eye. Perhaps imagination is the thing that will take us everywhere we want to go. At the end of the day it seems there are two options for us to choose from; travel down a path that has already been blazed or find the courage to blaze our own.
Trailblazers are the example.
Trailblazers, regardless of location, are willing to enter uncharted, wild territory. They must be flexible and adjust along the way. Their ability to trust their intuition is critical to survival and success.
Trailblazers are pioneers.
Trailblazers are driven by the possibilities the new path holds. They are inspired by the unknown. The complete lack of a guarantee is invigorating. And they are willing to go first.
Trailblazers are leaders.
Nelson Mandela said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
Thomas Carlyle said, “Every noble work is at first impossible.”
And my favorite, Walt Disney said, “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”
Trailblazers challenge “impossible”.
The words, “It has not been done before”, no longer intimidate, but rather, inspire us. The words, “We’ve always done it this way”, float away like clouds on a windy day.
Trailblazers never look back.
Can you hear the trail calling you? Go. Stay focused. And when you feel alone or afraid just think of all those who have gone before you and all those who will come after you – they are cheering you on!
Let this day serve as a memorial, this is the day that we chose to fan the flame in our hearts and say yes to all the rewards and obstacles that come with heading into the wilderness to blaze a new trail.
You have it in you.
Find your courage. Walk in faith. Blaze Your Trail.
Hungry for More, Monique Alvarez p.s. If there are typos, spelling or grammar mistakes in this post don’t worry about. Those are the kinds of things I’ve worried about for FAR too long. It’s time to just get it out and who cares if it’s not perfect, it’s from the heart!
“Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.”
– G. M. Trevelyan