The Rocket Man

(Dare to be bold)

“…touchdown brings me round again to find I’m not the man they think I am…”
(Elton John, Rocket Man)

What a question for a recovering manic-depressive.

I remember the first time (of many) I answered such a ‘let go of perceived limitations’ question. I was eighteen, and reading the fabulous ‘Do It! Let’s Get Off Our Buts‘ by Peter McWilliams.

My answer? I wanted to be an astronaut. And I meant it.

That response makes sense to me now, in light of my subsequent manic flights and cosmic visions, and my default setting of retreat into knowledge, theories and other spiritual/heavenly pursuits.

“I wish that I could really tell you,
all the things that happened to me,
oh and all that I have seen…”
(Genesis, Keep It Dark)

It’s been quite a ride, one I wouldn’t trade for the Earth – but now the boldest thing I can do is just that: commit to living on this side of the veil. Stop hating the world for not providing me with all I thought my intelligence and sensitivity entitled me to. Engage with life, work in the world.

The main obstacles are the habits of 37 years or so. The tangible plan is gently adhering to the daily disciplines I’ve committed to, and building from there.

I don’t have an heroic ending for this post.

“A hint of a smile appears on your face,
when you realise:
there’s nothing in the eyes of the world!”
(The Finn Brothers, Eyes of the World)

——-

This piece is my response to the seventh prompt of the Trust30 Challenge:

Our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. We are parlour soldiers. We shun the rugged battle of fate, where strength is born. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Next to Resistance, rational thought is the artist or entrepreneurs worst enemy. Bad things happen when we employ rational thought, because rational thought comes from the ego. Instead, we want to work from the Self, that is, from instinct and intuition, from the unconscious.

A child has no trouble believing the unbelievable, nor does the genius or the madman. Its only you and I, with our big brains and our tiny hearts, who doubt and overthink and hesitate.” – Steven Pressfield, Do the Work

The idea of “being realistic” holds all of us back. From starting a business or quitting a job to dating someone who may not be our type or moving to a new place – getting “real” often means putting your dreams on hold.

Today, let’s take a step away from rational thought and dare to be bold. What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish but have been afraid to pursue? Write it down. Also write down the obstacles in your way of reaching your goal. Finally, write down a tangible plan to overcome each obstacle.

The only thing left is to, you know, actually go make it happen. What are you waiting for?

(Author: Matt Cheuvront)


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One Comment to “The Rocket Man”

  1. This reminds me of a song “I want to be a space man that all I want to be.If I were a space man every one would look up at me.” 1970’s Nelson schmelson . I just did a search and do not even find this song or group. But I did have the album. Or was it my imagination too 🙂

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