It seems so simple. Just open up your hand and release what you are holding.
If your hand, however, is holding the back of a bicycle seat that your child is riding for the first time, simple release can feel like nearly an impossible feat.
You know that by releasing the bike, your small person will almost certainly retain balance and pedal off into the next stage of their life, independent of you.
Holding on is certain, slow and safe. Letting go is risky, thrilling and ultimately the right thing to do.
Recently I passed a family who were letting go for the first time. They jogged along next to the bicycle, even when they were no longer holding the seat.
“Nick! You are doing it! You are doing it all on your own!” The look of sheer joy on the young boy’s face was magical. It is our very first experience of flying solo – literally – and it quite often changes us forever.
Is there something you are ready to do on your own, without the safe hand holding you? Perhaps it is going on a solo adventure, attending a networking event as a party-of-one, or taking your passion from hobby to business.
Yes, it is safer to hold back, to hold on, to wait. But life is not about staying safe in the nest. Life is about scooting up to the edge, spreading our wings and flying.
You can do this. Just remember to look forward, trust yourself, and keep pedaling!