Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Opportunity knocks...

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Something came over my desk this week that has opened up an opportunity for me. It awoke an old feeling that I haven't been acquainted with for some time; ambition.

I had settled into thinking that my life needs to sit on hold for awhile; while we grow the kids a bit.

Until they can look after themselves, I need to be readily available and that means maintaining the status quo. Just getting through it. Staying in touch but not necessarily moving forward.

But then, this opportunity came aknocking from out of the blue. I felt the fire in my belly begin to burn. I felt the small rush of excitement you get when you get to try something new. I saw a way out of the status quo.

Maybe I can tackle something for myself?

Maybe I can move forward without interupting the family?

Maybe I could make this opportunity into something?

Maybe?

How do you know when you are really ready for a new challenge? How do you know that moving forward won't create more problems than it is worth?

20 comments:

Caz (The Truth About Mummy) said...

Now that is a really good questions! Is it something you can take on and trial? I have had this debate with myself. There are little for such a short time - but it's always good to keep your hand in too. Goodluck with your decision :) Caz

♥Beryllium Lithium Class of 2011 said...

The beauty of life is that you don't know what it can throw at you. You don't know if something you do will cause more problems... I guess you just have to go with it.
Just live every minute as it comes and worry about things later :D
If an awesome opportunity comes your way. Take it. You never know, it might be the best thing that's ever happened to you. Also, don't let it pass you by... the opportunity also may never come again :P
[Hopefully someday, I will take my own advice :)]

Mum on the Run said...

It's so tricky.
Rekindling the fire is soo great.
Mama guilt and overcommitment is sooo not!
What does your instinct say?
If you can hear it above the din, it's usually right.
And can you work in an 'exit clause' just in case?
Good luck!
:-)

1000 Homes of Happiness said...

Ahhh, I love this! It sounds both terrifying and exciting! Life throws wonderful opportunties and sometimes when it comes hurtling your way you just have to grab it and run. You will know in your heart what decision to make. Good luck xoxoxo

Kellie x

Anonymous said...

I have been in this situation myself. Accepting the status quo until prompted to think about what next..the thing I found is that the ambition is different post kids, perspective is a great thing. Maybe you just need to do things on your own terms. Sometimes a little bit for yourself is just what you need. Goodluck with whatever you choose.

therhythmmethod said...

I don't think you can ever know if something will work out until you try it. But this opportunity sounds very intriguing. Just between you and me, I think you can handle anything! Think Superwoman ...

Frog, Goose and Bear said...

Sounds intriguing... I'm sure you'll be able to work out the right thing for you and your family. How exciting though that you've been given an opportunity like this to contemplate.

Miss Pink said...

You don't. You just have to decide how much you want it to work and take a leap of faith. So many people lean on you when you're a mother, if it's something you really want it's time for them to return the favour.
Good luck.

Maxabella said...

I am now expecting a phone call... x

Alice Becomes said...

I went to a workshop on saturday on people who succeed. Apparently one of the things these people have in common is that they take advantage of opportunities that come their way. Every single one. And remember your newly found superwoman status!

Gill xo

Mama of 2 boys said...

That IS exciting! I feel the same way about trying to keep things as smooth and plain sailing for the boys as I can... even if it means putting off some study in the field I ultimately want to be in.
Good luck with your decision, look forward to finding out which path you decide to take :o)

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

I LOVE new opportunities!
And as for being ready for a new challenge - if you've got a fire in your belly over the prospect of starting something brand new, I think it's a sign to go for it :)
x

Kamarine said...

Firstly - good luck with whatever you choose.

The first step is the hardest. But sometimes we don't know how it's going to turn out.

If your gut instinct is positive, maybe it's time to see if you can fly?

HTH and isn't as awful corny as I think it is.

xx

Diminishing Lucy said...

I am generally a chicken. If I cannot "see" how it will all "work", I get scared and usually decline.

The times I have jumped in, and taken the risk, have worked so well.

It makes me wonder what I am really scared of...

BusyWorkingMama said...

I think the fire in your belly is a good sign that you're ready. I know I'm ready for a new challenge when I get excited about an idea or task. Go for it, mama!

Andrea said...

Wow, I think you just know! Your mind and soul will know know like it hit you with a ton of bricks. Can't wait to hear more!

Suzi said...

That gut instinct tends to be the right one although taking that leap of faith can be scary it can also be extremely rewarding. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

You'll never know until you take that plunge. I don't think there is ever a definitive sign that says "I am ready" - I think the signs you have within, that excitement, that rush, that you are wanting to try it, are positive signs....if we all sat back and waited until we were definitly positively certain, we would never move foward.... Note I am being extremely unselfish here considering you would be leaving me high and dry with no-one to play with..... :o)))) Kath xx

DancingInTheRain said...

I agree - if the fire is there - let it burn!

Megan Blandford said...

Yay for opportunity! Boo for having to make decisions. Hope the answer becomes clear soon. xx

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