I use to love to watch Gidget movies and reruns of the Gidget shows (the one with Sally Fields). One summer my, then middle school, daughter and I watched episode after episode of this show. I loved the way she faced the world with gusto. Never a dull moment with Gidget, she always seemed to jump into things and have a ball doing it. She was bold, I guess you need boldness when you are a surfer. You have to be bold enough to jump on a wave twice your size or taller, while riding on a piece of wood. Surfing is on my bucket list, I want to learn how to surf, or at least get on a board and look cool, like Sally Fields.
Living life with boldness and gusto is something I desire. I think we (speaking of Americans) spend so much time taking the safe road. So many rules and responsibilities keep us tethered to complacency. I can just hear them now, “You can’t go off and fly to california, just so you can surf?” “What do you mean you want to have more children, you already have a girl and a boy.” “Why would you start a new business in this economy?” And so time marches on and we are left with our “wish we could haves”. I read once that you don’t really regret the things you do as much as you regret the things you don’t do. I think about this when I am faced with an opportunity. And I usually say yes, and don’t regret taking the plunge.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes on Boldness:
“Boldness is being willing to take risks in the service of what matters.”
“Fortune befriends the bold.” -Emily Dickinson
“Freedom lies in being bold.” -Robert Frost
“Laugh at yourself, but don’t ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.” -Alan Alda
Be bold, take chances, and live your life.