It’s a rhetorical question, really. One I’ve been thinking about, a lot, lately.
I wasn’t raised to be a risk taker. Quite the opposite. I was raised to be logical, careful, thoughtful.
My risk-taking personality has been somewhat of a frustration to my mother who is by far the most logical person I know and it has been somewhat amusing to my father who has taken his share of risks (but I will let him tell the story of what those have been). Although shy as a
child, I’ve always been optimistic and excited about new opportunities, people and experiences. I’ve attended large schools, spoken in front of large crowds and have sat at dinner tables with people who donate thousands of dollars to local charities for sport. But, ever single experience came from me taking a leap and taking a risk.
When I think of chasing pavements, I think of big cities, street lights and dark paths that always lead to somewhere. My life, has been that in some ways. I grew up in a big city, Connecticut’s biggest city to be exact, and I saw people lose themselves and find themselves again and again. Street lights are urban lighthouses, they always show us the way to our shore, or really right back to the front step of our home we left hours, weeks or months before. My fascination with chasing pavements is a byproduct of the general question I ask myself anytime I’m walking or driving around: where are people going?
I wonder, now, where you are going? What are you chasing?
I’m chasing my lifelong dream of becoming a writer and by all intents and purposes, yes, I am a writer. I am published. I write and have written. What I’m chasing is the dream I’ve always had to be known, by everyone in my world and everyone in the world as a writer. So, every job, every career path, every decision I make is anchored in the desire to become known well and well known.
It’s the first day of March. It’s 2016. There really is no better time than the present to chase your dream or in my case, there’s no better time to chase pavements until you can grab that thing by the arms, flip it around and stare at eye to eye. I know, most of us were taught at children to be outcome based. I’m here to tell you, chasing pavements is as much about the process as it is the actual goal.
Our goals, like the very fabric of our beings, are always becoming.
So, what are you chasing? What are you dreaming about? I asked myself the question, should I keep on chasing pavements ? The answer is always yes. It’s yes for me and I believe it’s yes for you., too.