It’s a great reminder. Though I admit, it can be hard to always abide by.
Choosing the bigger life for me often means going for the harder stuff.
Choosing experiences that are not only new or fun but are also challenging. Those that force me out of my comfort zone.
It’s so much easier to go with the default: what I already know, what I’m already good at, what’s safe and what’s familiar.
But if I keep choosing those over and over, then nothing will change. I won’t grow, and my life won’t get any bigger than it is.
I do want my life to get bigger. And bigger to me is not about more money or more stuff (though admittedly, this may have been my definition of the word in my 20s or 30s).
A bigger life for me is about having more experiences as a result of not allowing my fears to stop me.
The second part of the sentence is significant. Perhaps because I’m most afraid of being on my death bed one day, regretting not having done stuff because of fear.
This doesn’t just apply to my professional life. It’s across the board for me.
It’s being brave enough to throw out a street map and get lost on vacation; tasting a new exotic dish; dancing my heart out to ABBA (or admitting that I like ABBA); rooting for my team with abandon (even when they suck), or even sharing my thoughts here on this blog.
I think to choose the bigger life is to test our mettle, to discover what we’re really capable of, and to always rise to meet our best potential.
What does choosing a bigger life mean to you?