Risking Your Heart

A dear friend of mine shared this today, and it resonated with me:

“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.” 

~ Louise Erdich, The Painted Drum

With draft upon us in a few short hours, it reminds me of how much we put on the line. We sacrifice our time, and put our bodies at risk every time we step out onto that track, but more than anything, we’re risking our hearts. We’re opening ourselves up to all the uncertainty, pressure, and doubt that comes with working towards a goal so massive. There’s potential for hurt that goes beyond simple bumps and bruises.

We experience the loftiest highs and the most crushing lows while we’re pouring everything we have into this, but we’re wise enough to know that we’re here on earth to take those risks. We’re daring enough to take the gamble, because we might just get to taste the sweetest of life’s moments–we allow ourselves to believe that we can achieve the thing we want so much, even where others have failed.

I’d say Good Luck to all my Meaties tonight, but you know what? Luck has nothing to do with it. I’ve watched us all work hard and improve by leaps and bounds, and every person on this squad has earned those triumphs, and deserves the respect that comes with them. No matter where you end up tonight, you deserve to have what you’ve worked so hard for, and you will get it.

No matter what happens tonight, you are brave beyond expression. Keep risking your heart.

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