There’s a certain time of night where the sun is fading and the darkness is settling in that there’s just enough light and just enough dark that it makes it really hard to see.  Sometimes the shadows are all you can see.  My eyes just don’t really know how to adjust.

Sometimes there’s just enough light to cast an almost magical hue to what you’re seeing, and it makes it seem like everything is exactly as it should be with the world.

'From Dawn Till Dusk' photo (c) 2010, Azri Ramli - license:

And then there are the times when the shadows are all you can see.

'29/365: Dusk in the park' photo (c) 2008, Magic Madzik - license: I was taking  some boxes out to my burn pile the other night and it was exactly this time of night.  I could see where I was, and I could see the burn pile, but the space in-between was a little hazy.  Dark was coming fast.  I was very thankful that I was familiar with the terrain and knew my way, but even if I didn’t there was just enough light to guide me.

Maybe you’re trying to make a big decision.  Maybe a career change, maybe a new and exciting venture that you’re a little nervous about.  You know where you are, and you know where you want to go, but it’s that space in-between that’s almost terrifying.

Maybe you’re afraid of failing.  You might.  But at least you tried.  And if you fail?  Now you know one way that it’s not going to work.

Maybe you’re afraid of succeeding.  Worst case scenario?  You’re out doing something that you just might love.

But if you’re at home just sitting on your ass instead of doing something about these dreams in your heart, that failure is going to hurt worse than trying and failing.  You’re always going to ask, What if?

That space between that feels like something might jump out at you at any time, and if it did, you couldn’t see it?  Fear of the unknown is what will kill a dream more times than trying and failing.

Don’t sell out.

If it’s your dream, then find a way to do it.

If you start digging in and find out that it’s not exactly what you’re looking for?  That’s fine.  At least you started something.  Now you’ve just got to find something to finish.

If you start digging in and find out that there’s more out there for you than you’ve ever imagined?  I think you’ll find a way to do it regardless of the cost.

Live your dreams.

Take a chance.

You’ll find yourself doing more than you ever imagined you could.

What is one crazy risky dream that you’ve always wanted to pursue?  No judgment here, so please share!!

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  • I have a friend who is trying to get pregnant. When the baby comes, she is going to need a lot of help. I seriously want to quit my job and become her nanny! Crazy enough, my husband supports this! It’s nuts, but maybe I’ll have the courage to do it when the time comes. 😀

    • That is awesome! I say if you feel led that direction, do it!

  • Amy Book

    Interesting fact — the time that it takes for the sun to set – for it to go from light to dark – takes about 45 minutes. Which happens to be the same amount of time it takes for your eyes to develop their highest level of night vision ability. So, in that time that it takes for the light to fade your eyes are getting ready. They aren’t surprised by it.
    I think it’s kind of the same thing when we start to get out there to live our dreams. The dream has been sitting in our heart and whether we realize it or not our heart has been being prepared for just the right moment to let it out. The sun is going down – it’s time to let it out. And, my friend, your heart is ready.

  • 1. I am eternally grateful this was not a post about the book/movie series.
    2. This post really spoke to me (not that they never do) but never in a more timely way. Not necessarily in a “follow your dreams” manner but more so a “rip that frickin’ bandaid off and see what happens already” manner. 🙂

    • 1. Me, too.
      2. Do it. You can do anything you want, Nathan. It’s all up to you!

  • Debbie

    It’s nothing that I’ve “always” wanted to pursue, but my dream now is to write a screenplay that becomes a big screen movie. 🙂