What did Waylon Jennings and Big Bird ever do for me!? Well, they gave me this song...and even though I still have trouble climbin' mountains (literally and figuratively) and walkin' long roads....it's simple and it's true...and I love it:
I found out a long time ago
You gotta learn to say "yes" when life says "no"
Don't dwell on the bad times once they're past
That kind of thinking gets you nowhere fast
'Cause there ain't no mountain you can't climb
If you hang on tight and just make up your mind
Once you set your heart to movin' on
Son, there ain't no road too long
- Follow That Bird
I wish I was one of those people that approached obstacles (let's call them mountains to stick with the theme, shall we)..I mean mountains...and said "What!? You think just because you're a big mountain that I'm afraid of you? Whatever! Prepare to be defeated! I'll make you feel like nothing more than a piddly little ant hill (I realize that ant hills are quite complex and I am certainly not one of those people that step on ant hills...but I'm using the ant hill as more of a size reference....nothing against them.) I'm Katie McNemar and I do what I want, so either move aside or I'll help you move....SUCKA!" But I'm not. I'm not one of those people. I'm one of those people that come to a mountain and I say "Oh I'm sorry, I didn't see you there. I didn't mean to bump into you...you kinda came out of nowhere. I wasn't trying to climb you or anything. Oh no...that would be crazy. I just climbed a perfectly satisfying hill before I saw you and...phew I am tired. I, um, will just be getting back to where I came from now. Sorry to bother you. Have a nice night."
But you know what. Even though I'm not naturally one of those people that come to an obstacle, road block, hard time, sad event and immediately feel prepared to tackle it....God helps me not turn around and go back.
Sometimes I get scared. I come to a place in my life where I know it's time to start hiking up the mountain of change (Plan A, if you will) and all that makes me want to do is start making Plans B-Z...most of which contain escape plans. It's not like I know I'm doing it. I don't purposefully screw up and make bad decisions. They just...happen....sometimes. But the good news is....I still complete Plan A!!!! Whoo hooo! I may have taken the hard route up the mountain or maybe I even walked around the mountain....but I got over the dag on thing and that's what's important. And after I get over the mountain, I can look back and say "What!? You think you own me!? Ah, NO, you don't...I own YOU, MOUNTAIN! THAT. JUST. HAPPENED!" Just kidding....I look back and say "Whoa! Did I just climb that huge freakin' mountain!? I had no idea! That's nuts! I guess it wasn't so bad after all."