What moves are you making these days? If you’re forced to tell me, “None,” grab a seat and let’s chat about why. Is it fear? A lack of resources? Or, are you listening to the voices (either yours or someone else’s) telling you it can’t be done? Whatever your “why” is, I’ve likely been there too. I’ve been taking risks since the days of acid washed jeans and I’ve learned quite a bit about choosing to make your move.
Finding My Moves
I was in high school when I decided that normal was not enough. I discovered that I could really pursue a goal, have more and do more, so I went after it. I figured out how to graduate early, went on to be only the second in my family to graduate from college and eventually earned an advanced degree. I was probably only expected to finish high school and find a decent job. I knew there was a way out and a way ahead though. Making my move toward college was that way.
While in college, I continued to push against the status quo. I did things I never even knew were possible, like traveling abroad and self-publishing a couple of books. I also met and married the guy who’s called me “wife” for 23 years while I was there. Since then, we’ve chased dreams and beat crazy odds together and we’re building a legacy that our kids can proudly embrace.
Of course, it’s been difficult. I’ve struggled with the fear, the definite lack of resources and the voices in and outside of my head telling me to just quit. But I haven’t. None of this would have been scripted for a little girl with my upbringing, but when you chose to believe and commit to moving forward, the improbable becomes quite possible.
— Queen of Katwe (@QueenOfKatwe) January 1, 2017
I could go on and on with these stories (maybe it’s time to write another book!). Instead, I’ll encourage you to consider what life might look like if you decided to make your move and keep moving through your challenges. Sure, there will always be plenty of reasons to quit or to play it safe, but I’m not sure people who play it safe have nearly as much fun!
Be Inspired By Qween of Katwe
Now, if you need a little more inspiration, the kids and I will be watching Queen Of Katwe this weekend. It’s the compelling true story of 10-year old, Phiona, who pushes past personal obstacles to make her move in chess and in life. If you need a jolt of encouragement to try something new or to stick with your dream, I’m sure it won’t disappoint. The movie is available on Blu-ray, Digital HD & Disney Movies Anywhere. Watch it (or watch it again) and let’s chat about it in the comments. I’d love to know how Phiona inspires you and I’d really love to know how you’re making your move!