We often live our lives from the inside looking out. We look out at that great big world, and we’re afraid to take a step outside. We are overwhlemed with the possiblities. We internalize all that surrounds us without ever leaving our saftey zone. Sometimes, we are just too comfortable to risk any upsets. We like life exactly as it is. We do not welcome change. For an outsider looking in, the view can be just as daunting.
It is good to explore our inner workings and discover ourselves. Sometimes, we become so absorbed in ourselves that we fail to acknowledge those around us. Sometimes, the climb out of ourselves is too steep and strenuous for us to bother. It seems impossible to reach the outside. Sometimes, we are more concerned about being accepted by the world.
We might be on the inside looking out because we live our lives emotionally before we live physically. Sometimes, that can prevent the consequences of not thinking things through before hand. Other times, it can be a detriment because we over scrutinize without actually experiencing first hand. Sometimes, the art of balancing our hearts and heads helps us live inside and out.
There are times we paddle as hard as we can to avoid the wave because we don’t know we have the skill to ride it out or dive through it without being taken under. Sometimes, we find that holding our heads above water isn’t nearly as difficult as we’d anticipated. And sometimes, catching that wave is just the beginning of a whole new way of life.
Sometimes, when we are on the inside looking out things appears distorted and are not at all as they seem. It’s similar to thinking the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. As we peer out and wish we were a part of whatever is out there, there is always someone sneaking a peak in and wishing they could trade places. And while we may be fearing that step outside, there is someone else afraid to take a look inside. And sometimes, it really is just a matter of perception.
We think we know what is waiting outside for us. We fear much that isn’t there at all. Sometimes, once we step out and look back inside we find that we weren’t actually where we thought we were in the first place. Taking that first step can change the view forever.
Sometimes, we are so self sufficient that we have all we think we need right inside us. And sometimes we really do. We are content; reluctant to join. However, if we don’t reach out to people and life, we might just get passed by. Instead of taking the outside inside with us, sometimes, we just need to give what is inside back to the outside.
A Segment of Sometimes Series.