I remember being a kid and going to visit the circus. I was so excited to see all the amazing and daring acts that made going to the circus such a fun experience.
One of the acts that I loved to watch was the tightrope walkers. Being able to balance themselves on such a small, thin rope without being distracted by anything that is going on around them. Making us gasp with fear whenever they get close to falling. Thankfully they have safety nets.
I began to think about how life seems to work the same way. How life can be one big tightrope walk. Many times in my life have I felt like I was teeter-tottering on the verge of life and death, sanity and insanity, and just fighting to maintain my balance.
I have begun to understand that life can only be dealt with in one way. One day at a time. Never did I really grasp this concept until now. I have always said that I need to learn to live life one day at a time. I never actually began to live it until recently.
One of my biggest flaws was always trying to control my situation and relationships. Always worrying about tomorrow. No wonder I was full of anxiety and depression. I even caused myself to have a mild stroke due to this. I lost friends and relationships over it.
I finally came to a realization that life is one big tightrope walk. Many of these tightrope walkers practice hard to accomplish their feats. Yet, they have no control over what happens once they are up there. They have to trust their training and their instincts.
Life works in the same way. We must practice every day how to accomplish this life that we are given. Yet, no matter how hard we practice, we never have full control.
Many times, we teeter-totter on the rope of life. Trying hard to maintain balance in life. Not to mention all the distractions around you. People watch amazement at your every step and gasp in fear whenever you sway from side to side.
The only difference we truly have from a tightrope walker is that, in life, we usually don’t have a safety net to fall on. Life is much more daring than the circus.
I understand now that I can practice and learn all I need to when it comes to life. The only thing that I really need to understand is that I can not control life. I must learn to live one day at a time and appreciate every moment.
This life is too short to waste worrying about tomorrow and being depressed about the past. I have learned to only focus on what is in front of me and take it day by day. This has helped me stay focused on the journey that has been laid ahead of me.
Although some days I sway back and forth on that rope. I strive to stay focused on the end result. I continue to walk this tightrope of life. Knowing that if I maintain my focus and balance, I will see greatness on the other end.