The Precipice

He stood on the edge of the precipice; both literally and figuratively.  Staring down at his toes and the unknown beyond them, he thought about his situation.  He knew that his next step would define him.  It would either be the best thing that had ever happened to him or it would turn out to be the worst possible mistake.  There was no in-between.

And there was no way to foresee how things would go.

He felt like his whole life had been leading up to this moment.  Hadn’t he known it was coming for years?  As he searched his mind for the answer, a plane flew by overhead.  All those people heading to their destinations, not fully knowing what awaits them, he thought.  Just like me.

Behind him, the path stretched as far as the eye could see.  The sides of the road were strewn with the various memories, achievements, and failures of his past.  It hadn’t been easy for him to shed those things.  It was one of the hardest things he had ever done.  But looking back at them now, he saw them for what they were: steps along the way.

As he closed his eyes, a familiar adage came to mind; it’s now or never. With that, he turned around and said goodbye to his past forever, and then stepped off of the edge.

And as he plummeted toward the great unknown, he opened his arms, ready to embrace the choice he’d made.

7 responses

  1. Maryann Z

    A little too dark for me today. I hate to see anyone give up on life so his decision doesn’t sit well with me.

    April 12, 2011 at 12:50 PM

  2. Oh, the plunge isn’t him giving up on life 🙂 It’s symbolic of him taking a leap of faith 🙂

    April 12, 2011 at 3:58 PM

  3. Andrea

    Fantastic!! A leap of faith is exactly what I was thinking when I got to the end! You are an absolutely amazing writer with a sharp and great mind!!!!! Keep writing, I want more!!!!!!!!!

    April 12, 2011 at 8:38 PM

  4. I really love what you wrote here. It really stops and makes you think. I got what you were trying to say.

    I think it comes a time in your life when you look at things that way. Very well done Tom. 🙂

    April 13, 2011 at 12:33 AM

  5. Maryann Z

    Hi Tom,

    I re-read this with the “Leap of Faith” in mind. It’s actually a very beautiful piece and I’m glad it’s not about taking a life but instead about a new opportunity or beginning. Definitely would like to see you do more blogging like this. Thanks.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:49 AM

  6. Maryann Z

    One more thing…you choose the perfect image. It’s beautiful too.

    April 13, 2011 at 9:51 AM

  7. Kenny Camille

    Very nice….the powerful lure of the unknown!

    April 15, 2011 at 6:14 AM

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