Every now and then I like to blog about things other than fashion and this is one of those times. I know I know you all came here to read about how I put my outfits together but I need you all to lend me your eyes and your minds for five minutes so I can talk you about the importance of believing in yourself and having faith
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” ! Corinthians 13:13 – There you have it, love wins all the time, but allow me to talk a bit about faith today.
As you guys know I have recently visited Croatia, specifically I went to Dubrovnik. You have to visit Dubrovnik to get a full idea of just how beautiful it really is. When you get there, and I really urge you to go there, the best place to get a bird’s eye view of the historic old town and its surroundings is at the top of the Srd hill (it’s a mountain, clearly me and the Croatians define things differently) . I kid you not when I say the views are breathtaking. On one side of the hill you can make out the entire old town surrounded by the great wall. On the other side is a beautiful backdrop of more hills and valleys stretching as far as the eye can see.
A funny thing happened to me while I was sitting on one of the rocks on the top of the hill after a photo shoot. A sudden panic gripped me. All of a sudden I wanted to get off the edge. The more I thought about my position, the more I panicked. I was at the edge of a very steep hill. There was no safety net waiting for me at the bottom if I fell. There was no rope attached to me to stop me from going over the edge.
Then other questions started flooding my mind: What am I doing at the edge of this cliff anyway? With the aid of a strong wind, I could be over the edge in no time and then what? What if some crazy person pushed me? What if I lost my footing??
The very second I got back on my feet I felt safe. A little thought occupied my mind. What if? What if all those things happened, what if I fell with no parachute on my back nor a safety net at the bottom of the hill? But wait, what if i Jump?
It was only when I got back to the bottom of the hill via a cable car that I truly appreciated its height. “What I stupid thought” I muttered underneath my breath. Why would I even think of such a thing when I was safely perched on the edge enjoying the view?
It was at that moment a sober question that has always been at the back of my mind engulfed me. Have I spent my life standing back from the edge because I was scared to sit by the edge without a safety net? Has society conditioned all of us to settle for safety? Do we lack faith in our God-given gifts/talents to make that jump?
These are real questions I am asking myself today. Like most of you out there, I have things I am truly passionate about which are not necessarily paying the bills let alone build a comfortable life on. The question I now find myself asking is should I take the “jump” and have faith in what I can achieve
Do you have skills that seem to come naturally to you or may have perfected over time? Do you have a knack for creative writing, putting an outfit together or have the gift of the gab? Do you have a special way of relating to people? Do you feel conformable behind a camera? Can you put one foot in front of the other to create good movement and rhythm? The million-dollar question now is…… Are you currently within that sphere of your passion or are you still sitting on the safety of the cliff? Are you going to sum up the courage to make the “jump”?
Taking that step doesn’t have to be a stab in the dark or indeed an uncalculated risk. The fact that you recognise your gift is a good start. Nurturing and growing that gift through practice and dedication is a sure way of setting you up to be the best you can be. So when it comes to making that decision whether you are ready to jump or not, you are in a better place to judge.
Like Steve Harvey once said, if you don’t jump you will never soar. I mean how else are you going to fly if you do not take that leap of faith?
Have you recently overcome the fear of jumping or are you at that stage where you are not sure whether you should jump? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.
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