‘What if I fall?’ ‘Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?’

This is the most ironic post I’ve ever written. Why? Because I’m in an airplane, flying as I type. How appropo, right? Even better is the fact that I’m typing on my iPad, and my lock screen from Day 1 is this. Exact. Quote.

I’m trying to get ahead on blogging, since this week I’m a Spring Breaker with my acapella group, Counterparts, as we go on “tour” from San Fran to LA doing gigs and being rock stars. #byesnow I’m so bad with time zones, so check back here from time to time throughout MWF to see new schtuff and say hello, wouldja?

First things first: a Monday Mantra. (You guys are loving this, which fills me with joy!) I know, I know – it’s Tuesday. I blame total lack of wifi anywhere useful.

What if I fall, oh but my darling, what if you fly?
This mantra is one of my favorites. I’ve always needed outside affirmation to really believe something. Bad, I know. But it’s oftentimes a struggle for me to convince myself of any “truth” without first discussing with someone else and internalizing their input. It’s something I’m personally working on – looking in the mirror and telling MYSELF what I need to hear, instead of simply relying on outsider wisdom. Here, this mantra tackles both, letting us acknowledge a fear while immediately remedying it with a kick but comeback.

“What if I fall?” “Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”

We get scared. We fail. We get scared of failing, and we fall down from time to time – this scares us, too. But of this I’m sure: we cannot allow the fear of falling to keep us from spreading our wings, getting out of our cushy cozy comfort zone, and allowing ourselves to fly (whatever “flying” means to you).

What if’s are crippling. If we truly applied “what if’s” across the board, it would be nearly impossible to be happy at any given moment. What if I studied longer? What if I prepared a bit more? What if I spoke my mind? We get sucked into this world of hypotheticals that most likely cannot and will not be resolved before our eyes. So why let them bog us down?

Today and this week, I want to encourage you to think about one thing, one area in your life where you feel afraid to fall. Maybe it’s an upcoming test of strength, knowledge, or self-control, or maybe it’s a regular responsibility that just pushes your limits. Whatever it is, think about it for a moment: what if you fall? Au contrare.

“Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”

Sending love from the Golden State. Let yourself fly! Be sure to check out more Monday Mantra posts before you go!