“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for.” The quote applies to far more than nautical explorations, but should also be a motto for life. Ships were made for sailing, for taking on the open ocean and exploring new territories, setting out into the unknown to broaden our understanding of the world. The captain and crew of a ship that stays moored in harbor, has no opportunity to expand their sailing skills, the ship simply sits growing barnacles and rotting.
Too often we get tied to one way of thinking, one career, or one location. We become stuck in the same rut doing the same things over and over, never attempting anything new. We become that ship moored in one spot unwilling to change, unwilling to explore. While maintaining our ties to the familiar gives us the perception of security, in reality, we are slowly deteriorating, rotting in our safe harbor.
Teddy Roosevelt said it best, “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”