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of my all-time favorite movies is Opa. It’s a cheesy and romantic and takes place on a gorgeous Greek island, Patmos. While it’s mostly a relaxing, romantic movie, there are a few grains of wisdom embedded in the film. Lately I can’t stop thinking about it:
My favorite line from the movie (and it’s caught in the trailer) is when Katerina challenges Eric to take a chance and ride his bike hands free. He asks her, “What if we crash?” to which she wisely responds “What if we never try?”
What if we crash?
Who isn’t afraid of crashing? Nobody likes to crash- especially when crashing involves pain and vulnerability. That feeling you get when you fail, and everyone knows that you failed. Sometimes when I feel like people are judging me, I just want to crawl under a rock and hide. Crashing can also mean losing money. As someone paying back student loans, ever single dollar is incredibly important. It makes spending money on a risk even more risky. When things don’t work out as we planned, disappointment can be very painful. It’s no wonder we don’t like to crash. Crashing sucks.
For the last few weeks I have been playing around with the idea of starting my own accounting business. I’ve also spent a lot of time questioning my long-term career goals. Will I always be an accountant? Is there something bigger out there for me? While I’m very thankful for my job, there is a part of my heart that is not happy. I crave something more creative and freeing.
Can I do something crazy like become a full-time blogger? Can I have a career where I spend my time writing stories, taking photographs and actually make income from these activities? Is that really possible?
There’s no doubt that I am afraid of crashing. The only thing really holding me back at this point is myself. I admit it, I am completely terrified of crashing.
What if we never Try?
As Katerina and Eric speed down the beautiful Greek countryside, Eric is hesitant to take the risk and ride the bicycle hands-free. Katerina asks him, “What if we never try?” Think about it: What if they never try? They will never have the chance to have that experience. While this may seem like a small and silly experience, sometimes these small experiences create the best memories. Her question can easily be applied to much bigger experiences and chances in your life.
I wonder if I will regret not going after my business venture. Am I missing the opportunity of a lifetime? Could my side business end up turning into a full-time job? Then again, maybe I am just savings myself the pain and heartache of a failure? Maybe I could leave my full-time job for a job that I’ve actually created myself? I will never know until I try.
I wish I had the time and resources to go to Patmos and contemplate these questions for a few