The cliff I readied myself to leap from stood a mile high if it stood an inch. OK, maybe not. But it was high. And the water below did look awfully far away. My knees shook a bit as I tried to convince myself to do it.
This was a week ago at Killarney Provincial Park in Northern Ontario. We were losing daylight and we’d be leaving bright an early the next morning. This was my last chance to do the cliff jump. I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t do it and the fact that my friend, Shaun, had just jumped a minute earlier and would mock me incessantly if I wimped out only added to my need to take the plunge.
I couldn’t stand on that rock forever so I eventually mustered the courage and took a leap of faith. It was terrifyingly exhilarating. I forgot to plug my nose so when I hit the water from that height it blasted painfully up my right nostril. I’m pretty sure my brain’s floating around in Lake Killarney water now.
I’m taking a different plunge now. It (hopefully) won’t involve diving off cliffs, but it’s scary in its own right. Today was my last day at work with World Vision Canada. I’ve worked here for the past five years and it’s been an awesome experience. But all good things come to an end and I’ve decided to pursue a lifelong dream of mine of running my own business.
I’ve dipped my toes (yes, more water metaphors) into the world of self-employment in the past. But I’ve never felt that I’ve given it a fair shake. So come Monday morning I’ll be a full-time employee of Josh Martin Ink and will be making a go out of freelance writing and self-publishing.
My dog Stockie will work as COO. She’s constantly going outside for pee breaks but I pay her in kibble so I guess I can’t complain.
Like the cliff in Killarney, I’ve looked over the edge for a long time now. My experience with cancer put into focus that life is short. We’re all losing daylight and I know that I’d regret not taking this plunge before it’s too late.
It’s also an ideal time for me. No kids, no mortgage, no horse track debt to the mafia.
I’m excited. I’m nervous. But mostly I feel ready. This is something I feel called to do. I don’t know if this will end with a splash or a splat but at least I’ll be able to tell myself that I gave it a shot.
You’ll see some changes on this website in the next couple weeks that reflect some of the new projects I’m working on. So stay tuned and thanks for your support!
So what else can I say, except, GERONIMO!
Funny stories. Good advice. Josh Martin is the author of the book “Simple(ton) Living: Lessons in balance from life’s absurd moments.” Click here to learn more and to purchase a copy.