Stepping off the ledge

In the journey of life, we often find comfort in our established routines, the familiar lanes where our skills shine. But what if there’s more beyond the boundaries, we’ve set for ourselves? Do we confine ourselves to a certain identity, afraid to explore new horizons that might disrupt our routine?

I recently encountered someone who excelled in their field for over two decades, respected by peers, yet felt unfulfilled. A chance meeting with a more artistic soul ignited a dormant passion. Now, they work together, creating and selling art, realizing there’s a different light in which they can see themselves. This person isn’t quitting their profession; rather, their priorities are shifting towards personal fulfillment over the next promotion.

Stepping off the ledge doesn’t demand a complete life overhaul. It’s about taking a moment to reassess experiences, discovering new aspects of oneself, and daring to try something different. This leap, even a small one, might lead to the unearthing of a passion, the resolution of a problem, or the generation of an actionable idea.

Allow me to share a personal anecdote.

Throughout my life, I’ve been the dreamer, the one with ideas, the one identifying opportunities and creating things. RTree, a project of mine, reflects this desire for problem-solving by helping people organize and share their stories securely within their own family site.

My wife on the other hand is the grounded one, the voice of reason. The one that organized and ran our household and made the most beautiful place for us all to feel home.

It was my wife who introduced the concept of collaborative digital photo albums, capturing moments from various perspectives. As we evaluated this idea, I discovered unseen pictures of my mother from family members I didn’t know existed. This feature turned out to be the best idea!

Stepping off the ledge is an invitation to enjoy the diverse experiences that life offers. Who knows what hidden potential lies within you? It might not only change your world for the better but also reveal a side of yourself you never knew existed. Embrace the journey; you might just surprise yourself and, perhaps, make a positive impact on the world around you.

Jim Dowdell

I am a 63-year-old, husband (42 years), father of 5 beautiful children, and grandfather of 8 precious grandkids.


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