Will You Fall Or Fly in 2018?

Erin Hanson poem What If I Fall?
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So, will you fall…or fly?

There’s only one way to find out: JUMP!

To kick off the New Year I decided to take the leap into the unknown. I have no idea if my parachute will open or if I’ll fall to Earth with a bump. If I fall, my ego will certainly be bruised. But one thing I do know is that if you don’t try you can’t succeed….or fail. Wouldn’t you rather follow your dreams and fail than never try at all?

There are only so many “tomorrows.”

Because one day we’ll look up from our work computers, half blinded by the screen glaring and countless hours staring, and realise that tomorrow came and went…and life has passed us by. Because life is what happens whilst you’re making plans for the future.

NEWSFLASH: this is it.

This IS life. It’s not a rehearsal. Nobody is coming to rescue you. This thing is 100% your responsibility. YOUR life. You only get one shot. If yours isn’t looking how you want it to, change it. Try! Will you fall…fly…or sit on the bench looking up at the sky, watching others feel that adrenalin rush which only comes from taking risks? I know which option I’m choosing. Because nobody proudly remembers the day they sat on the bench.

I’m choosing life.

I’m jumping.

Samantha Walsh tandem skydive New Zealand
Jump! Skydiving over Lake Taupo, New Zealand


Sam x

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  1. Felicity (former ABM Oxford)

    January 13, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Oh my goodness. I worked in the same company (at one point, the same region!) as you, Sam. I’ve had the same thought process & handed my notice in after almost 5 years. I’m heading to Australia solo in June and besides a diploma to help enhance my CV for life post-retail, I don’t have a plan. I feel a little braver in this ‘freefall’ period for having seen your blog. I wish you lots of luck and adventure!

    1. Samantha

      January 14, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      Hi Felicity 👋🏼.
      Wow, good for you, girlfriend! High five to that! 🙌🏻
      I did a round-the-world trip several years ago and spent a month in Oz and I absolutely loved it – I’m betting you will too.
      Solo travel takes cojones, but it’s also one of the most rewarding and exciting things you can do – you’ll meet so many amazing people and see breathtaking sights that will stay with you for a lifetime. When you step outside your comfort zone so many thrilling things happen. I’m so excited for you! And if all else fails, you can always get a job at L’Occitane in Australia, right? I know the Retail Director there and a few BMs if you need an intro. I’m sure you won’t be short of offers though!
      All the best, thanks for commenting and keep in touch – I’d love to hear about your adventures. If you start your own blog, let me know!
      Enjoy flying in 2018, Sam x

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