It’s Time to Brave the Wilderness

Have you ever set out in pursuit of a dream only to be thrown to the wolves the moment you stepped foot out the front door? You thought you packed everything in that fancy backpack of yours: first aid kit, water, energy bars, insect repellent, flashlight, matches, emergency flares, the list goes on. But, you didn’t bring a weapon to fight off “the beasts.” You had nothing in that backpack to defend yourself. So, you surrendered without a second thought. There’s was no way you could pursue this dream and make it out alive.

I have this special dream. I’ve written it down in my daily journal for weeks. My desire to pursue this dream only grows as the days go by. It’s a passion near and dear to my heart for various reasons.

This week, I began my voyage. I was fired up and ready to go. I thought about it all weekend long and lost sleep over my excitement. Only, the moment I set out on my journey, I was met with opposition, hurdles, skepticism – “the beasts.” And you know, it hurt. I took it personally. I became upset.

I spent a lot of time reflecting on those first steps out of the gate. Finally, I found the courage to rise above this initial obstacle because my dream is bigger than any hurdle ever will be. I owe it to myself to keep going, and I need not wait for anyone’s permission to pursue my dream. It’s a part of me and the person I long to be.

My fellow dreamers, this blog is for YOU. Let me tell you something, no one but you will fight for your dreams. It’s your job to fight the fight.

Do you know what pursuing a dream actually looks like? Do you know what it means to be authentically true to you? It looks like walking into the vast, unknown wilderness. You have no idea what’s out there. It’s dark, scary and full of mysterious creatures. Maybe some wolves, a dozen bears and a porcupine or two. Very seldom is there a path to follow, so you’ll need to create your own. Daylight is limited, and you’ll be forced to travel through the night or you may never reach your destination. You’re going to get scared. You’re going to question your strength, capability and worthiness. You might feel alone. But, girl, do I have some words for you:

“Belonging so fully to yourself that you’re willing to stand alone is a wilderness—an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. The wildness can often feel unholy because we can’t control it, or what people think about our choice of whether to venture into that vastness or not. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it’s the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand.” – Brene Brown, Braving the Wilderness

So many spend their life at the edge of the wilderness. They peer in with binoculars, trying to catch a glimpse of the treasures within. Here’s the thing: your heart was made to live in the wilderness. Don’t let your mind or the opinions of others convince you otherwise. Your passion is the fire that will light your way.

Take a second, close your eyes and place your hand over your heart. You feel that? That’s called purpose. Your purpose will be your greatest defense should you encounter beasts in the wilderness. No tool or weapon is stronger than the steady beat of your heart. You were made for this, my friend. You were made for this journey; the wilderness is yours. Use your purpose found in the strong, steady beat of your heart. It’s time to brave the wilderness.

2 thoughts on “It’s Time to Brave the Wilderness

  1. Last month I read Brene Brown’s “Braving the Wilderness” after watching her “Courage” talk on Netflix – she is an inspirational trip! I’m now in the middle of “Daring Greatly.” There are different stages when pursuing our dreams and sometimes it’s hard to keep going when wilderness doubts knock us down. Thank you for your encouragement today to keep purpose-passion-embers alive in our hearts. Blessings! Virginia

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