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Leap

Posted: December 23, 2014 4:01 p.m.
Updated: December 24, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Taking leaps of faith was the hot topic among myself and some of my friends this weekend.

One of my friends is considering taking a leap of faith by moving to Orlando, Fla., with a small savings (enough to get himself there, stay in a decent hotel or weekly apartment rental for a couple of weeks and get an adequate fill of food). He will not have a job, but he is optimistic and will be determined to find one before his savings runs out, and from there he plans to get an apartment and survive for however long he wants to live there.

During and shortly after our conversation about his “plan,” I thought he was crazy, but after letting what he said sink in, I began to think of him as spontaneous, bold and daring. Taking a leap of faith means taking a chance on someone or something and having no idea what the end result will be. So, in his case, he will be moving to a city in a state where he knows no one and where the nearest people he knows are more than six hours away. He will also be risking not being able to make ends meet by moving without a job if he does not find one in a short amount of time.

When the cons are weighed, the whole idea sounds scary and maybe even a little stupid. However, if he waits around where he currently resides until he lines up a job and an apartment he will remain unhappy, bored and feeling like his life is going nowhere, like <italic> he </italic> is going nowhere. He told me that he feels like he is wasting the best years of his life.

Leaps of faith are sometimes crazy. It’s like gambling -- you win or you lose. Whether he wins or loses, his mind will be put at ease because he will have at least tried to take a shot at what would make him happy.

I remember years ago when one of my cousins decided to take a leap of faith right after graduating from high school. Bored with small-town living and yearning to get out of the South, he moved to Baltimore, Md., with less than $1,200 in startup money. He said it was rough at first, but he found a job in the nick the time -- when he was down to his last couple of hundred dollars. He found someone looking for a roommate and moved in with that person, and he eventually got himself into school. It was a risky decision, but it ended with him landing on his feet.

Sometimes waiting around for something to happen in order to make something else happen is not the best thing to do. Yes, it is smart to think practically and weigh all the pros and cons; but, sometimes, if you have what you need to at least get started that’s all you need. My friend knows how to manage money and he has a decent amount of money saved. He also has been spending a lot of time researching places to stay, jobs and everything else that he needs to live comfortably. I have a strong feeling that he will land on his feet.

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