Today’s challenge prompt is “courage” and I had no idea what to choose upon opening my sketchbook tonight. I started thinking about things that require courage and then I spotted a nearly used up bottle of Tabasco sauce in the fridge. I didn’t so much immediately associate the bottle with the prompt as think, “damn, we’re almost out of hot sauce!” But then I thought back to all the times I’m eating at Thai restaurants and they ask what level of “heat” I would like for my noodle dish. Usually the options are a simple mild, medium, or hot, but one place offers a fourth option called “blazing.” This is the one that I’ve always been curious to try, but have never had the courage. I like spicy foods, but I’m not a fan of burning my taste buds off in the first bite. Still, it’s something intriguing that I’d like to try one day. This made me wonder how I’d rate my approach to the things I do every day. Is my approach to life mild, medium, hot, or blazing? Am I holding back from taking that last step there as well? Yep, even a bottle of hot sauce is enough to send my mind into contemplations on courage.
But now, I’m seriously wondering what type of life I lead. I see others who seem to always run at a faster pace, nearly running circles around everyone else with what they can accomplish. I’ve managed to do some cool things, but I think I’m still in the medium range most of the time. Sometimes edging to hot, but never what one might refer to as blazing. Or if I’ve ever managed it, it’s more likely a spark that burns out rather quickly. The thing holding me back, so to speak, is the personal life that I love and enjoy. I think I always stop short when anything comes along to sacrifice the wonderful time I get to spend with my little family. Plus, the dog would be super pissed. Well, he’s like that naturally, so that’s probably not the best gauge. But when we are chasing our dreams, it’s always good to remember to include the people we hold most dear in that chase. And because of that, I doubt my life will ever be blazing, but maybe it is rather hot after all. And that’s a pretty wonderful thing!
I truly believe that our lives are their hottest when we focus on not what we love, but who we love most. Maybe we didn’t accomplish that amazing thing we hoped we would, but if we managed to spare time for those we care about then our lives are still a wonderful success. As I rush to sketch a nearly empty bottle of tabasco from the fridge, I know that in just a moment, I’ll be enjoying a bit of family time. Sure, there are a million other things I could or should be doing, but they’ll still be waiting for me when I return. Actually, the more I think about it, my life might just be a little blazing after all. It’s filled with just the right amount of everything I love and I never lose focus on what’s most important. No matter what happens in life, some things should never be comprised. So maybe I’ll never truly run at a blazing pace, but that’s okay. In the end, some might prefer to more adventurous life, but some just like it hot!
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