I smiled.My daughter never allows any question to go unanswered so I obliged,without thinking too much.I told her that if I had wings,I'd fly way up in the sky,basking in the ethereal splendor of the clouds,relishing the sun's rays.I would soar fearlessly beyond the stratosphere and out into space.I would explore every corner of the vast infiniteness of the universe.That's what I said to her.To take it a step further,I'd have to state that I would be so bewitched by this magical journey that I would never feel the need to return.But deep down I know that I would-eventually.Because,I,like any other living,breathing human being,am but a child of the Earth.So,like a child,I would seek the comfort of my mother's loving arms.I consider it a given,however,that I would never be the same,ever again.For such journeys in the unknown have the tendency to change us-irreversibly.Irrevocably.And it is this change exactly that will fuel our will,our strength to contribute to a change around us.Whether the change is in the family,the community or the world,it is inevitably going to happen.Like a pebble in a lake,its ripples will be far-reaching and its impact permanent.
To explain myself further,let's hypothesise for a moment.Such a journey for me would be equal to me daring to leave the confines of my self-inflicted reality-my marriage,my job,and travel to another country to teach or something in that context.Maybe even write a book-who knows?The world extends far and wide, beyond our limits,beyond our comfort zone.It truly is massive in comparison to the tiny space we build for ourselves and call life. It is brimming with opportunities,there for the taking.One has but to dare.Like my favourite composer and Nightwish leader Tuomas Holopainen says in his beautiful song Amaranth:
"Apart from the wandering pack
In this brief flight of time we reach
For the ones, whoever dare.."
So,right now,in this moment,in this brief flight of time,I dare myself.I dare YOU. If you had wings,how would YOU use them?I'm sure you already know.We all do,deep down.I doubt if there has ever been a human being on the face of the earth that hasn't wished for the ability to fly,to soar the heavens,free as a bird.This wish must have triggered the invention of the airplane and the spacecrafts.Man wished-and still wishes- to free himself from the boundaries and confinement of the earthly plane.He wished for the freedom to fly and fly high.But man is possessed by his fear.He fears what there is yet to experience.He's terrified of realising that all this time he spent in fear,hesitating to take that final leap,he was utterly wrong.Afraid of facing the truth-that we had wasted out time on anything but our heart's longing.See,we may not have wings on our backs like the birds or the angels,but our heart most definitely does.And she wishes nothing more but to fly free and fulfil her burning desire,her mission.So, from time to time she nudges us on.To contribute to change somehow.Whether big or small.We all have a role to play in this cosmic game of chess.We are all valuable and necessary.So,please don't confine your heart.Let her free.To fly,to seek out what it yearns for and see it accomplished.
Beware though.With change and freedom comes the price .There are consequences and the obligation to support that which you had wished for.So,when you finally do take that leap,keep this always in mind.Brace yourself,for it will require you to be strong and stay the course.Trust me,there will be many that will seek to keep you on the ground.They won't like it that you flew,that you tasted the freedom they knowingly chose not to grasp.The irony of it all is that more often than not,these people will be the ones closest to you.Don't be discouraged and don't let their fear get to you.Keep at it....and always,always be ready to heed your heart's calling.
Shhhhh......do you hear her wings flapping?She's ready to fly.ARE YOU??
That we could fly
'Cause we all have wings
But some of us don't know why
What will YOUR verse be?