Monday, August 12, 2013

DIVE IN (FORGET LEANING)


This is my cousin Ethan. He is hurling his body through mid-air after launching himself off of a diving board and he is spinning and flipping before he is about to enter the water. 

Um. What? Does this look insane to anyone else?

While our family was supporting Ethan in his All-Star Dive Meet, I was snapping away to make sure I captured all of his cool moves on camera, and that's when I realized how much diving is like tackling a challenge. 

As I've been transitioning to my new job, I've been grumpy and unsure and hesitant at times because I'm in unfamiliar territory. Of course I am. I have just flung myself off of the diving board and am now hurling through mid-air. 


The thing is, while I'm here, before I hit my stride and hit the water so to speak, wouldn't it be more fun if I did a few flips. I'm not suggesting being reckless with my career but I am saying that it's ok to take some calculated risks and to really invest myself in my new position. 

The mixed reaction to Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In was at times frustrating and hard to read. I very much believe that every woman should be able to have the life and the career she wants. But in many cases, that personal vision includes being a stay-at-home mom, not having children, having a nanny, working part-time, etc. The bottom line is that the right to determine one's own path in life means that each woman gets to choose for herself to what exactly she wants to lean in!

For those who are able to and have the desire, I suggest diving in. I spend too much time thinking about my goals... the water: How will it be when I get there? I can't wait to be where I want to be! What do I have to do to get there faster? When will I have it all figured out?

Maybe it's time to think about our time in the air. I hope I have the guts to take a few somersaults. :)

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