If, by chance, you do not know where Mordor is, you may want to stop reading this blog and instead go read Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. (If you hate reading, the movies are also incredible.) From this point on, I’m going to assume that you are familiar enough with this work to understand my LOTR references.
I’m developing this blog series as an invitation to you to embrace your inner Frodo, and commit to your own “impossible” hero’s quest – one that seems nearly insurmountable. I will, of course, be accepting this invitation myself and walking alongside you to complete my own “impossible” journey. Luckily for us, we need not trek through hordes of literal orcs or climb Mount Doom, but I’m betting we ARE going to do so metaphorically.
So here’s the invitation- think of something you’ve always wanted to do or be that has seemed just outside the limits of possibility. We’re not looking for the truly impossible – for example, if you’re a 65 year old woman, you will likely never achieve your dream of playing first base for the Cubs (at least on a permanent, paid basis.) However, if your dream is to become a first basewoman , that is likely still doable. Hard, but possible. And that’s the type of thing we’re going for here.
Personally, I’m committing to something that feels right on the verge of impossible for me: becoming a man magnet. This makes me feel a little bit ill to even think about committing to publicly, and that’s the zone I invite you to explore for your own journey.
Why does transforming myself into a man magnet seem nearly impossible? Well, there are many reasons for me – I’m fairly shy, despite years of therapy I’m still afraid of men, and I’ve had this idea that fat women cannot be man magnets burned into my brain so thoroughly that publishing this commitment feels almost sacrilegious. And in a way, it is – it’s sacrilegious to all of the thinking I’ve held dear most of my life.
As you’re thinking about this, you might want to look around at your life and find that one thing that has always been nagging you, that never quite worked. Some potential example journeys – committing to finding a circle of friends who truly gets you, committing to make more money than you have before, committing to maintaining a clutter free house. The thing that makes you feel both queasy and incredibly excited is a likely candidate for this invitation!
Once you’ve picked your personal ‘impossible’ challenge, I invite you to post it here in the comments. I’ll be back with updates and more ideas in upcoming weeks, but for now… just consider the possibility that you can change nearly any circumstance in your life. The choice is yours. I hope you will join me!