Setting the Boat AdriftAn old friend used to have a catchphrase that he was fond of repeating. “I don’t mind burning bridges,” he’d say in his smooth, Southern drawl, “Because I don’t plan to retreat.”

Most of the time, I live my life in an opposite fashion. I hold on, I keep, I save. I find comfort in the notion that 98% of the daily decisions I face aren’t going to bring about the end of the world.

Still, there’s something very healthy about letting go, cutting ties, or just plain setting the boat adrift. There’s also something to be said for reaching the point of no return and living on your feet, moment to moment, without the safety net.

I’m just thinking out loud here—and putting it to screen—but I wonder how much our decisions change based on whether we can turn back or not. Do we take the risk? Do we play it safe?

When you get beyond that point of no return, beyond the safety net, outside of the comfort zone, you have to figure out the puzzle, interpret the clues; you have to make a move. No one’s going to do it for you, and you can’t get anywhere until you make the call. It’s all up to you. Where you go, how you live, what you spend your time doing—all up to you. The story you write is all yours.

Jody Brown is the author of Upside Down Kingdom, and is a multi-blogger, poet, and traveler. Her current writing projects, including her daily blog endeavor, #Project365, can be found at