Carpe diem. Swing for the fences. Close your eyes and leap. Dive into the deep end. Roll the dice. Put it on the line. Take a shot in the dark.
Be brave. Be bold.
These romantic notions evoke images of successful risks taken in the face of mounting odds. But what about the missteps? The airballs? The stumbles and falls? The shaky landings? The face plants? The skid outs? The crashes?
We routinely go for broke without considering the possibility of being broken.
In this instant gratification snapshot of human history, we rely on the convenience of continual personally catered satisfaction, equipped with an easy undo keystroke, always ready and waiting. But not every sentence can be erased, and not every step can be walked back.
The unfortunate realization that some decisions are set in stone, no matter how much we chisel and sculpt, adds an even greater gravity to the soles of our shoes when we take that leap into the unrevealed abyss.
We need to accept that many of our unfinished chapters will be written in ink, without the benefit of easily erased edits. Although that concept can be a terrifying prospect to process, perhaps the additional heft could serve more as a gentle reminder than a shouldered burden.
Anything worth the risk is worth the rumination.
Don’t necessarily forgo the dive…but check the water depth before you commit to the cause.
2 thoughts on “The Tragic Reality of a Broken Rewind Button”
this is so good.
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Thank you! I appreciate that. Maybe my editor brain went off on a tangent about the inability to erase or “undo” things in our real lives like we can on a page or a screen. But it felt like an interesting discussion starter.