I’m watching the movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Pretty interesting movie. To me this movie represents all the things in my life that I have been afraid to try.
Just like the guy in the movie, I think we all have things we are afraid to even try. Things that in our minds we would love to be brave enough to stand up and do.
Spoiler if you want to see it and not hear about it.
The movie takes Walter’s thoughts to a kind of other world, But for us its really no different, just not as exaggerated.
I bet If I asked anyone of you reading this if you could rattle off 5-10 things that you want to do but don’t think you would ever do them. I know I do.
My short list.
Travel more possibly to New Zealand
Europe to see the D day landings and honor our troops that died there. Too Greece.
Go on a cruise some day.
Go sky diving. (FYI Im scared of heights)
Own some land to build a home on.
Be able to quit my current job and start a successful company.
Start a organization that helps abused women and children.
Thats just off the top of my head.
thats not listing all the relational stuff kid stuff and people oriented things.
I’m more than sure that anyone of you could give me a list in nothing flat.
The thing is how many of them are really things that are out of reach?
Not a single one of mine are, I just set the limits in my mind.
In this movie he imagines doing all these things and zones out while doing it.
But in real life he runs from every opportunity to do any of them.
Well he ends up on a mission to find someone and it takes him all over the world. He has a hard time believing the things he is actually doing at times. It’s kind of funny. But this is a perfect example of just what our fears can do to us. It almost goes with the last post I made on Anxiety. When you let those thoughts of negativity get into your head its really hard to get your mind off them and onto the possibilities of anything more than the rut you are currently in. Walter was comfortable in his rut and when he looked out of that rut he saw danger in everything, risk and fear of failure. He never once saw anything positive happening in his real life. Thats why he stayed in his dream land it was safe there. The problem with that is we don’t live in our dream world. Real life happens all around us every day. There are real adventures out there waiting for us, if we are only brave enough to make that first step toward them. It reminds me of one of my past posts about God giving us gifts while on our journey here on earth. All I think about is that closet full of gifts I turned my back on in life because of those fears. Because of that comfortable rut.
So remember. Nothing is impossible! No matter how much fear you have about it, no matter how much you think its out of reach, I don’t care if its an education late in life, a dream job, a true loving relationship, NEVER EVER sell yourself short in life, we only get one trip before Jesus calls us to him. Experience as much of it as you can, Don’t let fear over rule your life by locking yourself in a cage of your own making, God wants us to live life to its fullest.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 ESV)
Thats all the proof I need.