Highwire Passion

Whenever I watch Nik Wallenda  preparing to walk on a 2-inch highwire, I am reminded of his great-grandfather Karl’s famous statement: “Life is on the wire; everything else is just waiting.” Karl Wallenda was the patriarch of the Flying Wallendas, a multi-generational clan of tightrope walkers who performed amazing stunts throughout most of the last century. Even through multiple accidents and tragedies, Karl carried on and followed his passion, up to his own death that happened, as you might have guessed, on the wire. Karl’s words remind us all to do what we love, to the point that everything else feels like “waiting.” What do you do, be it a career or a hobby, that makes you feel this way, like you can’t wait to get to it? If you can’t think of anything, you may need to explore new endeavors that will spark your enthusiasm, even (or perhaps especially) if it means stepping outside of your comfort zone.  Sometimes we have to walk without a net, so stop waiting and step on out there!

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