Today is Leap Year Day. It’s not an official holiday, or even much of a commemoration, but it still feels significant somehow. It’s like an extra special bonus day, a special something that only happens once every four years. It keeps the calendar on track, the seasons on course, and calendar makers on their toes.
In honour of this auspicious day, I thought I’d reflect on leaps I’ve taken, and leaps I wish I’d taken. I’m not going to talk about the risks I took that didn’t work out. I’m celebrating leaps today, so I’m all about the good things that can come from putting yourself out there. Cautionary tales can wait until tomorrow.
A List of Leaps for Leap Year Day
- My children. Okay, so this is sort of a cliche, but I can think of no bigger leap than welcoming a child into your family. It’s a big hairy deal, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat, because it’s also the most amazing thing ever.
- Travel. I haven’t done that much, relatively speaking. I wish I’d done more. It takes you out of your comfort zone, exposes you to new places, people and ideas, and reminds you how very small you are. Luckily, there’s still time for me on this one.
- Love and marriage. Apparently, they go together like a horse and carriage. On that day in 1991 when Jon asked me out I couldn’t have anticipated the decades that would follow. I wasn’t always sold on the idea of marrying my first real boyfriend, but I’m so glad I took this leap.
- Following my bliss. Creating a life of intention and purpose isn’t always easy. It was much more straightforward to follow a conventional career path. But honouring my dreams and charting my own course has been totally worth the difficult bits.
- Gardening. Each little seed I plant is like a leap of faith. I’m trusting in the mystery of life. I’m trusting that spring will come. I’m trusting that I will not kill the little plants, and neither will my kids or my cat. Tasting food I have grown myself validates that leap in the best way.
- Blogging. Each post I publish is a little leap. I’m putting my words out in the public sphere, trusting that people will read them. Sometimes it feels a little risky. The payoff in community has convinced me to leap again and again and again.
- Leaving my kids. Going away overnight without my kids always makes me a little bit anxious. Will they be okay? Will they notice I’m gone? What if they do? What if they don’t? As I go I’m trusting in our relationship, and knowing that it’s strong enough to withstand a little bit of separation. It totally is.
- Breaking the rules. I have always been a rule-follower of the highest order. As I get older, though, I understand more and more that some rules are made to be broken. I wish I’d seen this sooner, and spent more time considering what made me happy, rather than what the rules said I should do.
What leaps have you taken that have paid off? I’d love to hear what’s on your list of leaps this Leap Year Day!
PS – Every month I do a monthly review of things I learned. Some are serious, some are funny, and all are hard-won. I will be running my February review on Saturday, March 3. I’d love it if you played along. Write a post on or before March 3 and come back here to include it in my link-up!