Standing on a tightrope, one trembling foot in front of the other, I peer out into the angry sea, protecting my ears from the deafening sound of the thunder as lighting bolts shock the surface of the ocean. I take my first steps toward turbulence remembering that a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.
As rogue waves rattle the tightrope, I cautiously take one step after another. With shaky legs, I am startled by the shrieks of thunder, while I try to keep my balance. Howling winds and pummeling raindrops try to wear me down with every movement. Inch by inch, I fight through the storm. Though my body feels foreign to the situation, my mind is at peace in the calamity of it all. There’s a certain beauty in feeling the pulse of life. The roaring waves and pounding gusts of wind wash my face with exhilaration. These struggles make the journey exiting and rewarding despite the peril they may bring. They may invoke fear and stress, but I choose to walk by faith, not sight. There is a constant fear that at any moment I could be blindsided by a wave, but refusing to be victimized by fear, I remember I am only bounded by the barriers I build. It’s not about waiting for the storm to pass but learning to dance in the rain. Enjoying the challenge presented before me and enthralled by the crisp rhythmic sound of rain drops hammering the sea, the sharp wind rushing across my skin to sing my ear, and the reverberating vibrations from towering waves engaged in a playful game of leapfrog, I revel in the ephemeral experience. Remembering that this storm is about my growth more than my downfall, with each step through the adversity, I learn to walk faster and stand straighter.
The storm has passed. The sea has rocked itself into a slumber and the wind has diffused into a gentle, cool breeze. The sun’s bold rays refracted over the shimmering sea. With a newfound confidence, I stride over the tightrope. Having enjoyed the process of becoming a stronger version of myself, I understand that troubles aren’t to be avoided but to be pursued.