Posted: 29 Jun 2010 09:48 PM PDT
We made the front page of the Livingston County Press and Argus! Special thanks to Ben Owen!
This video is a shout-out to my friends and fans as well as my sponsoring companies! Thanks so much!
“I skate for you, because I know that the strength, the courage, and the passion necessary to make you fall forward into your own life already lies within you. I just want to help you to find it. The best way for you to help me? Tell anyone and everyone you can about this! The easiest way is simply to click “Like this” below to spread it to Facebook. I’m also trying to raise $200 to purchase a pair of the skates that I will actually be using for the journey (See “Chipin” box on top left). My current skates might just gobble me up!”
I feel better and better about this everyday. I simply can’t explain the way things are coming together right now. I remember listening in on a few presentations by Allan Curtis and Sandi Maki about the journey that resulted in their company, The Insights Group. They would start talking about how “things just came together” and opportunities simply found them, even when they had no idea where all of the money, help, and resources they needed would come from. I was always frustrated by that, because I’m a practical person, and I like to know “how does it work? What were the exact events that took place? What exactly was your plan, strategy, and approach?” When asked this, both would just look at me with a perplexed, yet knowing, look on their faces, as if to say, “I have no idea how we got where we are, but I know that it required us to let go.”
That’s just it, I think. When you come to a place where your heart tells you that one way or another, your dream is going to come to life, you find a way. I’m learning to let go right now and to fall forward into this. I don’t know if I chose this direction or if it chose me. Maybe it was neither, maybe it’s just always been in me. All I know is that it is going to happen. I’ve never been so simultaneously terrified and emboldened as I am now.
Stepping out to do something like this is something like taking a leap off of a cliff as paraglider; no one can tell you for sure that it’s going to work, and the risk is high, but you know you will never feel the freedom of flight, if you don’t give into the rush of the fall. I’m finding a new courage now, in a place that I didn’t expect it. I’m finding it in the eyes of those that are beginning to believe in the direction that I’m going. Suddenly, I’m realizing that the reason why this must happen and will happen is that is not just my journey. It is a journey for every person who ever envisioned a life that was just a little to big, deep, rich, and free to fit into anyone’s box. There are people who have teetered all of their lives on the edge of their own freedom. I’m not trying to be a hero to them; I just want my leap to inspire them to take their own.
We’re on the cusp of something here. I can’t quite put a name to it, and perhaps it is yet to fragile to do so. What I will say is this: Whoever you are, and whereever you are, if you have dreams for a life that is far more than just ok, I’m skating for you. If you seek the courage to fall forward into the unknown, to embrace the energy that comes with being so alive in the moment that you can’t feel fear, if you seek a life that we haven’t quite known yet, I skate for you. I skate for you, because I know that the strength, the courage, and the passion necessary to make you fall forward into your own life already lies within you. I just want to help you to find it. The best way for you to help me? Tell anyone and everyone you can about this! The easiest way is simply to click “Like this” below to spread it to Facebook. I’m also trying to raise $200 to purchase a pair of the skates that I will actually be using for the journey (see “chipin” box on top left). My current skates might just gobble me up!
– Austin Szelkowski