CAN WE GO TO ARIZONA?
"Can we go to Arizona?"
That is the question my six-year old niece, Mia, asked a few days ago.
You're probably wondering why on earth would she want to go to Arizona of all places.
We were watching YouTube videos of a young sibling duo called the Sneak Attack Squad. These two brothers mix imagination and fun to fight off "creatures," mostly by way of Nerf blasters.
Mia mentioned how she'd loved to play with them one day and was curious about where they lived. I did a quick Google search and found out that they most likely live in Arizona.
Mia didn't realize all the factors associated with going to Arizona to visit the Sneak Attack Squad:
Arizona is a little over 1,800 miles from the state of Ohio.
It would take a full day and 6 hours to drive there.
Ain't nobody got time for that lol.
Given COVID, it is not wise to fly during this time, but if we did fly, plane tickets per person to fly to major cities in Arizona are currently around $300 round trip.
My sister would need to approve of this trip and also fund it.
The Sneak Attack Squad's parents would have to approve as well.
According to my sister, Mia consistently makes bold requests. She is not at all afraid to ask for what she wants.
As much as I thought Mia's Arizona request was hilarious, I had to step back and admire her ability to be bold, think boldly, and ask boldly.
At a certain age, we are taught to count the costs. We weigh every scenario and make decisions by weighing the factors.
It is easy to become analytical and to believe that every component must match and line up first before you proceed.
At times, we follow these formulas and rules, leaving very little to faith and bold living.
I was leaving my apartment a few mornings ago and I felt a sudden irritation. The street leading up to my apartment was receiving some much needed road maintenance, and a large construction truck was parked in the middle of the road which blocked my departure.
I was about to have a semi-fit on the inside lol, but within seconds, one of the construction workers signaled to me to drive into the other apartment complexes' driveway on the right, and exit out on the opposite side leading me to the main street.
In that moment, I immediately thought about how if I was not so fixated on the truck as a barrier, I would have noticed how to navigate it .
Some of the best, inventions, movies, podcasts, lyrics, movements, and even technology, had their initial spark from an idea that on the surface appeared to encompass barriers.
For these trailblazers, they no doubt were aware of the roadblocks. But their eyes were not set on the roadblocks- they were set on how to navigate them. In other words, their eyes were set on that bold idea.
We owe it to ourselves to think BIG.
Some road blocks are meant to be navigated.