• Amanda Schubert

Taking a Tentative Hop of Faith

Well, here we are. Nice to meet you, readers!

I'm getting the ball rolling on this blog with an appropriate topic - taking that proverbial 'leap of faith'. Sounds glamourous and adventurous, right? Throwing ourselves off the cliff of the mundane into the open sky of destiny? But, what do we do when that majestic leap feels more like a staggering, uncontrolled stumble through the brambles of uncertainty and doubt?

I'll tell you what we do - we start a blog.

Honestly, I'm in a very weird place right now. Somewhere mid-jump, where my toes are still connected with the ground but my brain has finally registered that we're doing this - we're falling. Well, to paraphrase a certain animated action figure, giving a high-five to gravity in a fashionable way. With my face.

If you know anything about Tarot cards (why yes, I do), you'll know the first card in the Major Arcana is the Fool. It represents new beginnings, leaps of faith (funnily enough), and taking the risk of starting something new. But, why then is it called 'the Fool'? I don't know about you, but the connotations connected with the word 'fool' don't inspire a lot of confidence. The first synonyms my in-built thesaurus throw at me are: idiot, nincompoop, dunderhead, clown etc.

Yeah, not motivational. At all.

So, why? Delving into the meaning of the card further, we see it is not so much a reflection of the Fool as a mindless idiot as someone who

Does. Not. Give. A. Damn.

Oblivious to all the haters, the naysayers and the hurlers of cabbages, the Fool is happily toddling his way off the cliff into oblivion. How many times have you wanted to do something, or had these grand dreams, only to be shot down by the barbs of negative nancies? Those outside influences who poo-poo your ideas and plans as, ahem, foolhardy or ridiculous? I know there have been many times I've given up on dreams because I have worried incessantly about what others would think of them. The Fool represents freedom, the absolute King of Do-Not-Give-A-Fudge. Dammit, he's going to chase those dreams, leap off that cliff, and hope to heck he learns how to fly. Because he trusts himself to grow wings. Perhaps he's an idiot after all. But at least he had the courage to jump.

Today, I am that fool. I'm jumping, folks. Let's see where it takes me! I hope you'll come along for the ride.

Until next time,


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