A few years ago I got this (paraphrased) question in an email from a woman who had received my email about driving a stock car down at the Miami-Homestead Speedway at 135 mph. If I recall correctly, she objected to two things: 1), that I would take such risks when I was a mother, and 2), that I represented speeding on a regular highway as something fun and funny.
I held on to that email for a long time, considering my response. Ultimately, I think I never did respond to it. But I’ve thought long and hard about this question, and I’ve come to a few conclusions.
First, I’m not everybody’s leader, or even everybody’s cup of tea. I have notes from other folks on this same email I sent out that say things like “LMAO.” And, “Keep truckin’, girl!” We’re all on different paths in life, and this is part of mine.
Second, I’m on this path because I do believe in taking risks. It’s very fundamental to who I am and what I teach. It’s very hard to create a new reality if your primary objective is to follow all the rules. In fact lately, I’ve been noticing that I have some built-in rules that I am obeying every day that I made up myself and that are not serving me. This is the place where I will be taking risk over the course of this year, by breaking those patterns.
Third, I am a speed junky, and probably an adrenaline junky, it’s just part of my makeup. I like anything fast, forward and fun. I went ATV’ing in the Cozumel jungle last month, and for a good part of the ride, I was giggling like an idiot. Mix in some minor Mayan ruins, and for me, that’s a day made in heaven.
Yes, I sometimes do drive over the speed limit. Yes, I do occasionally get a speeding ticket. Is it safer to drive more slowly? Undoubtedly. Do I want to be a role model in this area? No.
Ultimately, my message is about pushing the limits. Particularly self-imposed limits. It’s about expanding your comfort zone, enlarging your dream envelope, and getting more of what you want in life. You have to make our own decisions about how you will do that, or even if you want to do that, or if you even want to hear that message. And whether or not you want to hear it from me.
But no matter what, I am wishing you every possibility.