陌生 v. What we’re used to…

12 Aug

Here’s to starting again, here’s to taking a step and wondering why in the world you are walking out in the first place. Your thoughts are louder than the sound of your shoes against the pavement. You’re thinking “What on earth am I doing?”…you ask your conscience, but

Stepping Out

there is no reply. Nothing whispers back, except for the invisible nudge encouraging you to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

So you keep walking and what was once comfortable disappears, you leave it behind and then see what scares you, excites you, makes you nervous, but also makes you courageous. Can there be such a feeling of all of these wrapped into one? There must be, otherwise you would not be feeling what you were.

Win Borden once said that “If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” I couldn’t agree more with that statement. Half the time I spend simply thinking about something I could have been doing something. Although there is something to be said for a rational and an irrational mind. The perks of one mindset balance out the perks of the other, at least in my view. But if you were to consider all of the pitfalls you might take, all of the mistakes you might make, well…you wouldn’t set foot outside your front door would you?

Of course not!

I recently (quite recently) had an experience in which some plans fell through and I was left in a lurch…walking around Beijing airport with my two large suitcases, my heavy backpack and a brain that was half dead from exhaustion. Alone among people. Do you ever get that feeling…the cliche I mean. When you’re alone in a sea of people.

That was me. But fear not, everything turned out for the best. I met a girl who had studied in Canada for eight or so years and she let me use her phone to call a friend, who picked me up and let me stay with her. The kindness and hospitality of people who were really strangers challenged me and caused me to think of what I would do in this situation were the roles reversed. Would I help a foreign person, lend them my phone? Would I let them stay in my apartment?

I’ll be honest and say that I’ve never been put in that situation, but I would like to think that I would help someone out whatever the case.

I began this post in a metaphorical way, to tell a story of well everyone who has gone through a situation where they know they can’t turn back, they know they must go forward. Try something new. Put themselves out of their comfort zone in an effort to understand the world and the people who compile it. What would life be like if we stayed in a state of what we know as “comfortable”? What would life be like if we simply stuck to what we’re used to, never rose to a challenge, or picked of the gauntlet in a battle of day-to-day living?

What if the world let go what it was used to and embraced the 陌生 (unfamiliar)? Hmm? What if we abandoned the natural flow and swam upstream instead? Not waiting for everything to be right, but taking a chance…how about it?

Easier said than done. But a challenge none the less.

 

 

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One Response to “陌生 v. What we’re used to…”

  1. Newbie August 12, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    Cool words.

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